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Virginia Man Calls for Full Body Scan Boycott



    A man from Virginia is trying to organize a boycott of airport body scans on one of the busiest travel days of the year. (Published Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010)

    A Virginia man is calling for a boycott of those new full-body scanners on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

    Brian Sodergren, of Loudoun County, flies about eight-to-10 times a year but has not yet been through a full body scanner. But he knows they violate his sense of privacy.

    "I think it's an unreasonable search," he said. "I don't think the government has the right to be able to see under anyone's clothes that they want."

    So he created, hoping it will prompt what he calls an act of "civil obedience" on Nov. 24, the busy travel day before Thanksgiving. He's urging air travelers to refuse to go through body scanners. Sodergren expects for many the alternative -- the new, enhanced pat down -- won't be much better. His intent is that both security checks get more scrutiny.

    "If you're really aggrieved about it, write your member of Congress, write the airlines and voice your frustration," he said. "I think the people should have a voice and we should be able to change this if we don't like it.

    TSA spokesman Jim Fotenos pointed out the use of advanced imaging technology is always an option for passengers.

    "Ultimately, the efficient process and minimal wait times at checkpoints depends on the cooperation of passengers who clearly understand the need to be safe and secure," he said.

    Some travelers share Sodergren's opinion, but others told NBC Washington that security trumps privacy. At Ronald Reagan National Airport, some travelers worried Opt Out Day could create longer lines and angrier travelers on Nov. 24.

    Two airline pilots associations have encouraged their members to avoid the scanners as well.