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The Thanksgiving travel rush is gearing up and between tightened airport security and higher gasoline prices, holiday travelers may feel they're facing an obstacle course. There was a hint late Sunday that the government may consider some easing of the security measures that have triggered so much public protest.
CBS News investigate correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports that at airports like Reagan National near Washington D.C., patience with new body scanners and their revealing images is being put to the test.
One teen described the images from the body scanner as "exposing yours
How did an agency created to protect the public become the target of so much public scorn?
Caught between complaints that airport screening has become too intrusive and threats of new terror attacks on aviation, Obama administration officials promised Sunday that they would adjust security measures that go too far, but insisted that the measures now in place are justified by the risks.
With the Thanksgiving travel crush imminent, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, said in a statement that his agency would try to make screening methods "as minimally invasive as possible." But he gave no indication that the agency would reverse its move to full-body scanners, now deployed in 70 of 450 airports in the United States, and physical pat-downs for passengers who object to the scans.
"This has always been viewed as an evolving program that will be adapted as conditions warrant, and we greatly appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the American people," Pistole said.