UNDATED - An airline security protest could throw a wrench in the nation's holiday travel plans.
A group of flight attendants is calling for a "pat-down opt-out day" on November 24th - the day before Thanksgiving – and one of the busiest travel days of the year..
The group thinks new security techniques, specifically new machines that can see through clothing and capture a full-body image, are invasive and they are asking passengers to opt out of the "full body scan" and instead go through one of the TSA’s new “open handed” pat downs - which have also been called invasive by some critics.
There are concerns that if too many passengers take part, it could seriously slow down security lines one of the busiest days of the year at most airports.
Pilot unions and many pilots themselves have criticized being subjected to the body scans, which they feel are unnecessary for personnel already holding security clearances and entrusted with operating jetliners.
High-profile pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, who famously ditched his stricken passenger jet in the Hudson River in 2009, saving all aboard, said he thinks it is unreasonable and even medically unsafe for pilots and flight crews to be repeatedly subjected to the radiation emitted by the full body scanners.
The scanner manufacturers claim the radiation dosage from a full body scan is minimal.