People Opt Out of "National Opt Out Day"
MILWAUKEE - The lines are steady. Travelers are on their way to grandmother's house during one of the busiest travel days of the year.
It's on the same day as protests are planned because of the Transportation Security Administration's up close and personal screening policies.
Ask a traveler about those controversial full body scanners and the eventual pat downs that can follow and you'll get an opinionated answer.
Some are for it, others are against it, but most are willing to put up with it.
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"It's intrusive. I don't like doing it, but if that's the only way I'm going to get to the other things that I value in my life then I'll go through that," said Sheila Graves.
But not everyone is willing to go through it without a fight.
Protests are planned throughout the country, part of a "National Opt Out Day".
The hope is travelers will opt out of the scanner for the pat downs, which will inevitably create long lines, forcing the TSA to change its policy.
But so far, it doesn't appear many, if any are doing that at Mitchell International Airport.
Airport spokesperson, Ryan McAdams says people have requested to protest in and outside of the airport because of TSA's screening policies, but no one has followed through with their plans.
"So far we haven't had anyone return the permit," he said.
About 27,000 travelers are expected to pass through Mitchell International. Even more are supposed to return on Sunday.
And as another year of holiday travel begins, this year it's a little more up close and personal.
"If someone gets a thrill over that than fine, just let me go where I'm going," said Graves.