How to opt out of body scan?

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  1. edenri
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    Do you just state, hey I don't want that? They never ask me, just say stand here sir. I didn't mind at first but the last guy made me take everything out of my pockets including paper, cards, money and put them through the scanner, it made me uncomfortable knowing my money was just sitting there. Before they at least let me hold it in my hand.
     
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    When they gesture me towards the machine or they start to tell me to take everything out of my pockets I just say, "Oh, no, I'm here for the full body rub."
     
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    Ooo Ooo Ooo I will have to use that next time! Love it!!!
     
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    Do they look at you like your nuts? [​IMG]
     
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    Usually just gets a chuckle.
     
  6. AmericanGirl
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    I just say no and that I will take the pat down. Lock all your valuables in your carryon and they will have to wait until after your graping to look through your stuff.
     
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    Ooo they hate that I lock my carry-on ... no way they are getting their grimy paws on anything when I am not there. I also make them (much to their chagrin) put all back exactly where it was or else I do not move ... they do not like me [​IMG]
     
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    Snicker...love that!
     
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    Geez.. I sure don't know..
    Yea, the 'machine' is well.. u know.. unpleasant.
    Yet I admittedly have a lil' trouble understanding why one would elect to go this alternate, 'full body rub', route?
    Did Angelina Jolie leave her acting career & sign up for TSA duty @ EWR?
    Just asking :D 'Cause if so, I'm a married man, but I'll opt 4 da fondlin' .. err .. watever they're callin' it these days! ;)
     
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    practically, you can just say, "I'd like to opt out." I haven't been met with resistance the 2 times I've done so, although others report TSA employees asking why or if they're sure. My two opt out experiences have actually been pretty good so far.
     
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    I tell them that I am opting out... end of story and no explanation needed. Like a couple of others, I also lock all of my valuables in my carry-on and they just have to wait until the pat down is finished before they can pilfer through my belongings. They don't like me much, either!! [​IMG]
     
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    The only time I had to opt-out, I was questioned why at least four times by the same worker and then was threatened that it will take awhile since we have to call someone over. [​IMG]
     
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    I've been lucky so far and havne't had the need. But I'll opt for the free 'massage' every time.
     
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    I just say "no"
     
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    The second they ask me if my belt is off (code for you're going through the machine), I make sure that everything is secured in my carry on.
     
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    AT SFO Intl terminal I had the TSA agent ask me why I was opting out. I replied "I'm opting out.". He said, "Yes but why are you opting out?". I replied "I'm opting out." He replied "I know, i know. Why are you opting out." And for the fourth time I replied, "I'm opting out." At which point another pax who had been standing behind me and anted to proceed thru security shouted out "Because he has a right to!" The agent now red-faced stopped the interrogation and walked away. I stood there waiting for the pat down. The pax behind me was able to proceed.
     
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    Must have been at the same SFO Intol terminal. That guy -is- persistent!
     
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    Wow, that's just ridiculous.
     
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    It actually was at ROC, but the experience was very similar. They were also trying to explain how safe it was as well as being persistent that I should go through the scanner instead. It was a bit annoying. The funny part is that they sent someone over right away and the "Pat Down" was over quickly. I think they just don't want to give people massages.
     
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    All the more reason not to go through the international security control and instead head down to terminal 3.
     
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    But did the groper?
     
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    That's what I do. Though one guy kept calling me "lad".
     
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    Well for me the choice seems simple really, I plan on being around for quite a while and stay healthy for as long as I can. I'll always want to travel, and will pass through airport security thousands of times. Before the potential health consequences of these things are thoroughly studied I won't go near them.
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=231837 newspaper scare-tactics, sure, but if there's uncertainty I'd rather take the uncomfortable alternative. Groping won't give me cancer, or make me sterile (well...that would at least take a VERY rough pat down :p).
     
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    Full Body Scan? No sir! I refuse every time, no matter how long it takes. I get enough radiation between work and flying.
    When I am directed towards a Full Body Scanner, I place my wallet and watch in my "Pelican" hard case, lock it using two T erminally S tupid A (add your own adjective) approved locks, then armed with my passport, boarding pass and a never ending smile I settle in for a long wait. The shortest was ten minutes the longest almost thirty.
    It seems that they can never find an officer free to do the "pat down" or the tsa master key to open the propperly screened hard case. Boy! do they get frustrated when they do not have the keys they are required to have and they can not cut an "approved" lock with witnesses.
     
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    They thought Thalidomide and DES were safe when they were first introduced. Then again, how many of the TSA screeners are old enough to remember such things....
     
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