QUEENS, N.Y. (WPIX)—Would the furor over airport security and invasive pat down inspections jam up the Thanksgiving travel rush? Apparently not. At least not at New York's La Guardia Airport or at other major airports nationwide according to anecdotal reports.
At La Guardia airport the Delta Airlines terminal stood out as the most crowded on this busiest travel day of the year. But a lot of the rest of the airport looked practically empty tonight, with just a few stragglers hopping last minute flights heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported a three percent increase in holiday passenger travel, but no significant delays at our local airports.
If the much discussed and prepared for National Opt-Out day was going to hit hard anywhere, you'd imagine it would be here. That's the grassroots anti-TSA protest over airport body scanners. But it seems travelers at La Guardia weren't much worried about somebody 'touching their junk"; they appeared to be opting out of opting out. A federal aviation source told PIX News only 1 percent of those eligible opted out of going through the body scanners.
Tonight holiday traveler Cara McConnell told PIX News before catching her flight to Raleigh, North Carolina, "I don't have a problem with being scanned, and I don't have a problem with the pat down either. But we've done a lot of travel and I just want to get through security and let them do their job."
Fernando Sindu, also flying for the holidays, told PIX News before boarding his flight to Ohio "I don't think it's a big deal. I mean, I don't really care to be honest. I don't really care about going through the X-Ray, it's not a big deal for me." It wasn't just easy going at La Guardia. Lines were no longer than you'd expect at Newark Liberty Airport either. Other airports around the country reported smooth sailing too. Likewise at New York City's Penn Station, and Port Authority Bus Terminal. Hectic, yes; horrible? Not so much.