National TSA Opt-Out Day

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National TSA Opt-Out Day, held on the day before Thanksgiving, is a protest of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) invasive search techniques used at airports that involve personal searches conducted in public on millions of innocent passengers using X-Ray scanners that show them naked. People who choose not to go through the scanners ("opt out") are instead forced to undergo aggressive physical searches in which TSA personnel touch breasts, groins and genitals. Some travelers who have undergone the searches consider them the equivalent of sexual assault. The new, invasive search technique, deployed in Autumn, 2010, have given rise to an uproar from passengers who have started to protest the procedure. [1][2][3][4]

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External resources

  • We Won't Fly (group whose goal is to defeat the scanners and the "gropers")


  1. Kate Daily For Survivors of Sexual Assault, New TSA Screenings Represent a Threat, Newsweek, November 17, 2010
  2. KMOV Mobile News Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault November 18, 2010
  3. National Opt-Out Day Opt Out Day, Web site, accessed November 19, 2010
  4. Tribune reporters Criticism mounts over new pat-downs, scans, Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2010