Bummed by invasive full-body X-rays at the airport? Then perhaps you should consider joining the grass roots guerillas behind National Opt-out Day on November 24.
The avowed goal of the concerned citizens group, as stated in their website, is to liberate humankind from ‘government-approved groping’ and related the nonsense prior to boarding a plane. Let’s have the official words:
“The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change. No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent…We hope the outrageous experience then propels people to write their Member of Congress and demand change.”
What the National Opt-Out Day agenda calls for is for a person to refuse a full body scan (courtesy of the TSA) in favor of a tamer/enhanced pat down in front of fellow citizens. What’s the point? So “every citizen [can] see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens.”
The brains behind the movement, a certain Brian Sodegren, wants the benign citizen revolt to send a clear message: no more humiliating security procedures that trample on individual liberties and a person’s dignity.
In case you aren’t familiar with U.S. holidays, the 24th of this month is pre-Thanksgiving, meaning airports and travel hubs are gonna be packed. If a lot of people decide to take part in the fun, expect snags in the airport routine on a national scale.
We’ll just have to wait and see then.