Monday, November 19, 2012

Opting Out of AIT (Body Scanners)

Millimeter Wave technology signage. "Use of this technology is optional."
Since the holidays often bring out the infrequent and first-time travelers, I felt it important to address this on the blog.
TSA has given passengers the option of opting out of imaging technology. If you choose to opt out, simply let the officer know you would like to opt out of the body scanner, and you will receive a pat-down instead.
If you’ve never been screened with this technology and aren’t sure whether you want to opt out or not, here are some helpful links that might help inform your decision.

AIT: Safety
AIT: Frequently Asked Questions
AIT: Privacy
Backscatter technology signage. "Use of this technology is optional."
We’re also aware of the Opt Out and Film week, where some are planning on opting out of the body scanner and then filming their experience. TSA respects passengers rights to exercise freedom of speech as well as the rights of fellow travelers trying to get to their destination safely and without unnecessary delay. While the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances may.
TSA takes its mission to protect the safety of the traveling public seriously and our officers will continue to uphold our high standards of professionalism during the busy holiday season and every day throughout the year. We are reminded of the need for constant vigilance with instances such as the 2009 suicide bomb attempt.

If you’re traveling via commercial airliner this holiday season, be sure to check out the new post on holiday travel tips!

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