Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is National Opt-Out Day. You in or out?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!

What is National Opt-Out Day?

It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people’s breasts and genitals.  You should never have to explain to your children, “Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.”

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.  This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.


By saying “I opt out” when told to go through the body imaging machines, and submitting to a pat down.  Also, be sure to have your pat down by TSA in full public – do not go to the back room when asked.  Every citizen must see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens.

National Opt-Out organizer Brian Sodegren suggests that all airline passengers refuse to go through body scanning machines on November 24 and require Transportation Security Administration staff to perform manual pat downs on all travelers. The objective is to bring attention to what Mr. Sodegren claims is an abuse of government power  “to virtually strip us naked or submit to an ‘enhanced pat down’ that touches people’s breasts and genitals.”

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9 comments for “Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is National Opt-Out Day. You in or out?

  1. November 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    On a recent roundtrip flight from Seattle to Minneapolis and back, I was patted down with the new technique because I have an artificial hip joint that sets off the alarm. This new patdown is way too invasive. I am a 78 year old grandmother of 8. This is crazy for a person my age. The examiner then suggested on my next flight that I use the whole body scanner!…most likely because that would take less of her time!!!

    I travel at least once each month year round visiting family and friends. This type of scanning for us seniors is nuts.

  2. November 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Miss Peggy, I agree. It is nuts! And what a hassle for you. Unfortunately for all of us, it’s going to get worse. Speaking of nuts, I recommend you stuff two walnuts in your undergarments on your next trip. Just leave em there and march right into that scanner. Give them something to look at my dear!

    Thanks for taking the time to write.

    Always Martha, and sometimes Chip!

  3. Patricia Axberg
    November 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I have 2 artificial knees,which if course ALWAYS set off the metal detector in every airport I have been in. Is there anyway to reduce the time and intrusive inspection I must go thru whenever I fly?

  4. Miss Vickie
    November 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    For those with knee & hip replacements or other surgically placed metal implants, remember to have your med card available before you reach the check in process. Hopefully this will help. Love the “nuts” suggestion! LOL Will tweet Nov 24 Opt-Out to all my followers

  5. JTW
    November 16, 2010 at 12:31 am

    “This type of scanning for us seniors is nuts.”

    Wrong. It’s nuts, but not because you’re a senior citizen. It’s nuts to perform on anyone who’s not a recognised threat (and those who are should never have made it as far as the checkpoint to begin with).

    Large scale profiling does the trick far better, filter out anyone with ties to muhammedan and communist groups for starters for serious grilling and interrogation before they even get to the checkin desk. That catches 99% of all threats, at least. The regular X-ray scanners and metal detectors catch the rest.
    And if anything does get through, sky marshalls and flight/cabin crew trained and equipped to handle threats are the last and best line of defence (yes, such training and equipment may at current be lacking, but can be provided).

    That should cut security lines down from 30 minutes or more to under 5 minutes at most hours, at the cost of learning security staff to actually handle security intelligently, do background checks on people buying tickets, recognise warning signs like people travelling alone without luggage with tickets paid for in cash on one-way trips.

  6. Pat Hewitt
    November 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Our daughter is in the Navy. She was flying home for Christmas last year from Jacksonville, one of the first airports to get the scanners. She was singled out of line for the whole body scan. Our daughter has a great figure, and is “well endowed”. She was very uncomfortable about the whole situation. Especially after noticing that the other three people “randomly chosen” were other well endowed young females.

    Sure, the guy seeing the screenings doesn’t get to see the actual people randomly chosen. But that doesn’t mean that much. The guy doing the choosing is his buddy. The attitude being that this is one guy entertaining another. I am sure his buddy returns the favor when HE is in the screening room.

    Because of her Navy status, my daughter did not want to raise a fuss. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t pissed about the leering TSA guy.

    As a dad, I would have liked to have gone to JAX, and kicked a little nerd TSA ass. C’mon. We all know that these people are doing this job, because they couldn’t get hired at the post office. Why do they get to see my daughter “virtually” nude?

    Why not add a requirement that only a female can see the female screenings, and a male the male screenings? It wouldn’t be that hard to enforce, and would solve a lot of concerns. Why am I the only person who sees the logic in this?

  7. November 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    PH asks “Why am I the only person who sees the logic in this?”

    You’re being too logical while too many TSA procedures defy logic.

    Always Martha

  8. NMH
    November 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Martha – Why only the Weds before Thanksgiving? Why not the entire weekend? And how about the Christmas/New Year holidays, why not 12/23 to 1/2?? Opt out indeed!


  9. November 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I think the only opting out this holiday should be for the green bean casserole!

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