Sea-Tac Airport lines move smoothly despite threat of protest

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by ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News and Associated Press

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Posted on November 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 24 at 2:03 PM

SEATTLE - The lines of Thanksgiving travelers moved quickly and smoothly at Sea-Tac airport Wednesday morning despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

Nobody we talked to was going to participate in that protest.

"I think it's crazy," said Curt McNeil. "You know those folks have  job to do, and then we're supposed to organize a protest to make things longer and more difficult? I just don't get it. We gotta be safe, right?"

"I've already been delayed and had to be put in a hotel, so, I don't know I just want to get home," said Kelsey Weeks.

Some people object to the full body scanner and the pat down passengers must undergo if they opt out of the scanner. The organizers of the protest are asking passengers to refuse the scanner, which takes about 10 seconds, and ask for the patdown, which takes up to five minutes.

At Sea-Tac, about a half dozen people passed out leaflets against the TSA screenings. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said special areas were laid out for the protesters near the checkpoints but out of the way of traffic. He said there were no reports of trouble by people being screened.
 

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