National Opt-Out Day is taking place on Nov. 24, one of the busiest travel days of the year. It’s a direct response to the Transportation Security Administration’s new rule that says you must either submit to a full-body scan or receive an “enhanced” pat-down.
According to Opt-Out Day’s organizers, the goal is to,
Send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent. This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.
The TSA, meanwhile, released a statement late yesterday that tries to defuse the planned event. “There are so many rumors floating around right now that it’s hard to keep them all straight,” the agency says on its blog.
(Some of the “myths” to which it refers could easily be cleared up by answering a few direct questions, which the TSA seems unwilling to do. But I digress.)
So here’s the question: Do you support Opt-Out Day? If so, why? If not, why not?
Also, if you’re flying Nov. 24, will you opt out of the scanners?
Please e-mail me if you’d like your comment to be included in the results, and don’t forget to include your full name, city and occupation. Or you can also leave a comment.
Update (noon): Despite insisting that it will not change its policy, TSA Administrator John Pistole this morning announced crewmembers will be exempt from screening. Cracks are already starting to form. Wonder what will happen next?