So What's the Deal with National 'Opt-Out Day' on November 24?
Millions of travelers will head home a week from today in search of grandma’s family recipes in advance of Thanksgiving. The busiest travel day of the yearNovember 23will likely be a nightmare for those hitting the rails and roads, but things up in the air are probably going to be the most aggravating. Adding to the delays and misery is National Opt-Out Day, which encourages travelers to skip that peek-a-boo scanner thing in favor of the upgraded pat down.
We aren’t totally thrilled with the government taking a peek at our naughty bits, but we’re also not huge fans of an increase in the lines at airport security. We kind of want to participate in this anti-scanner movement, but we also just want to get home for the holidays and we suspect that many travelers are similarly torn. We’ll try our best to stay true to the cause, but if they’re announcing final boarding at our gate, we might just have to give Uncle Sam a preview of our turkey and giblets whether he likes it or not.
So the basic premise of next Wednesday is to just politely refuse the scanner and request the 'enhanced pat-down'. Check out the TSA's blog post on the pat-down procedures before you choose to participate. No need to cause a scene or flip out, as the theory is for fliers to protest what they feel is just security gone to extremes. Be sure to request your free massage in front of everyone else, as organizers of the Opt-Out Day want everything to be done in front of the traveling public.
We like the idea, but we just kind of think another day might have been a little better idea. Despite the inconvenience for everyone involved, maybe travelers will actually prove a point. If not, at least we’ll keep talking about it—or complaining about it—until things change or we just suck it up and accept it. We like going places too much that are far away, so no matter what ridiculous rules are put into practice we’ll probably just suck it up.
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