Thursday, November 25, 2010

Newark Airport controversial scanners are barely used on busiest travel day

NEWARK — The choice between a "virtual strip search" and a "grope" was strictly academic Wednesday for most holiday travelers flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport.

The majority of Newark’s full-body scanners were idle throughout much of the day, depriving most passengers of the chance to opt out of the controversial screening procedure even if they had wanted to.

All in all, Thanksgiving eve was a non-event at Newark Liberty, reflecting the relative calm reported at airports around the country.

This just shows the absurdity of using body scanners. It is useless. There hasn't been any issue during Thanksgiving regarding to terrorist activity. Since most of the body scanners were idle, travelers went from point A to point B without a plane blowing up. It seems the status quo before body scanners became the mainstream was just fine. It proves how the government went a tad overboard with airport security.