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Many of the scanners at the main security checkpoint were roped off at mid-day Tuesday. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jonathan Allen said travelers should expect the enhanced security measures, such as the scanners, to operate "just as they would any other day." He didn't address why the full body scanners appeared to not be in use Tuesday.
Twitterers around the country have made similar claims about Los Angeles International as well as the airports in Seattle, San Jose and Columbus, Ohio.
Several travelers reported on social networking sites that Lambert Airport in St. Louis also appears to have abandoned body scanners for the holiday, at least for some security line-ups.
The right way.
Not by "disrupting" airports, but by the way I advocated - and how it should be: By wallets snapping closed.
I saw dozens of pictures of airports yesterday on the news. They all featured empty airports by comparison to any Thanksgiving holiday I've witnessed before - and I'm going on having witnessed 50 of them.
In addition there were widespread Twitter reports (I was monitoring the news flow on the "opt out" topics all day long) that those airports with the scanners had them roped off and inoperative, and that the conventional metal detectors were in use instead.
It appears that this was "Message Received".