'Enhanced Screenings' Coming To Local Airports 11-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

'Enhanced Screenings' Coming To Local Airports 11-22-2010

Full-body scanners are getting passengers riled up at airports nationwide, and while the flying public won't run into those scanners at MBS or Flint’s Bishop International Airport just yet, you will likely see them if you have a connecting flight in a major city.
No matter where you fly, you can expect security to be a little more hands on.
Until the body scanners arrive in three to six months, security screening at Bishop will stay routine, meaning passengers will continue to pass through metal detectors and only receive pat-downs on an as-needed basis.
"What do you prefer? The pat-down or the scanner?” asked TV5’s Julie Banovic of an air traveler. “Absolutely the scanner,” responded Hemlock’s Don Meyer. “It was fine.”
Meyer just flew in from Newark Airport, where he was subjected to the new security measures as he stepped through a full-body scanner. He refused to be patted down.
“I don't really like people's hands on my body,” said Meyer.
“Perhaps they feel it’s an invasion of privacy,” said traveler Diane Nedeau. “My privacy would truly be invaded if the plane blew up.” With the warmer temps and
Travelers won't run into any full-body scanners at MBS either, however, security workers at that airport will be using the TSA’s new pat-down procedures.
And while those pat-downs are raising privacy concerns, passengers TV5 spoke to said it's worth it.
MBS said passengers are likely to wait at longer lines at ticket counters and security checkpoints this holiday season and beyond.
The airport's advice: arrive at least an hour and a half before your departure time.
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