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Oakland Airport Brings In Extra Inspectors For Thanksgiving Travel

OAKLAND (KCBS) – Oakland Airport has brought in extra TSA inspectors to help with the heavy holiday load of passengers and to also be on hand for Wednesday’s planned nationwide protest against full body scanners.

The scanners at issue were just recently installed at the Oakland Airport according to spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

“In Terminal 2 where Southwest is, those weren’t installed until September,” Barnes said. “So keep in mind, a lot of travelers haven’t traveled since then. The last time they may have traveled was summer. So this is new technology and a new procedure that some of them may have to go through for passenger screening.”

Which is why you might see the extra TSA inspectors in their black windbreakers at the checkpoints, trying to ensure smooth sailing through the holiday period.

Passenger Francis Fagan just arrived from Las Vegas. He has a pacemaker and was concerned about the hullabaloo over the security procedures.

“I couldn’t have been happier. We came there with trepidations. We didn’t know what was going to happen. It was a piece of cake,” he said.

Barnes said Oakland Airport expects 35,000 travelers on the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration is responding to the outcry over airport security procedures.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

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  • Debbie

    Of course the virtual nude screening is not difficult and it is silly to pass it off as if that is peoples concerns. What is difficult is if your screening is leaked out onto the internet. It can never be retracted. And choosing the screening does not mean you will not be forced into a pat down that touches your groin. TSA decides if you pass the screen test. These measures have proven not effective. TSA has never caught a terrorist. Methods such as behavior profiling, service dogs, and law enforcement intelligence is what works. Without probable cause this is a violation of your 4th amendment rights under the guise of “your safety.” Actually, it is a fear tactic and that is the same tactic used by any terrorist. What’s horrible is that this is our own government subjecting its citizens to this humiliation, fear, and of course the loss of your rights. Hitler moved Jews to camps to protect them, FDR moved Japanese Americans to campts to protect them.

    • td

      Debbie, Are you that paranoid? Some one might get your imaged leaked on the internet? Really? Come one now, what do you have something no one else has? I am sure you are not that special.. Besides who said you have to fly? It is your choice.. Most people do not bath regularly and smell pretty bad, do you really think these people want to fell up some smelling person, male or female..
      Wake up, this is the best we have right now to protect all people.

      • Tsa screener

        @td well said @Debbie who are you to make someone to want to leak your pics on the Internet? And even if they did, who’s to say we could even identify you? Don’t you see the image? It’s all grey lol, umm I couldn’t tell you from michael Jackson

  • Peter B. Towle

    This does remind one of Hitler first making the Jews register as such(extra required answers during 2010 Census) and then the Jews being rounded up and taken away to the awful camps (stripping our 4th Amendment Rights of invasion of privacy by these new intrusions “for our safety” full body scanners(digital pornography) and enhanced pat down search(4th degree sexual assault, a felony unless it is the TSA doing it). Why is isn’t the ACLU and other liberal groups crying out?

    • Lou

      Peter B. Towle, You are truly mental. You must not be an American. I have a right to be safe on a plane and if they have to frisk everyone and scan everyone that comes on the plane then so be it! I just traveled and went through the scanner and it is NO big deal. Why are you so defensive?? Have something to hide??

    • Remi

      Hey Peter B, if it offends you so much then don’t travel. You have a choice moron. How dare you compare our nations security to the holicaust. You need to educate yourself Peter.

    • td

      Because stupid. It is your choice to fly or not.. Either go along with the program or don’t fly.. It is really pretty simple..

  • Just sayin'

    I am 100% for this type of security. I often wondered why we never had these scanners before. This should be a requirement for all that choose to fly on a plane. I am a frequent traveler because of my job and I have been through the scanner and I have had the pat downs. They are both quick and really cause no inconvience. I don’t understand why those handful of people getting attention are against this?? I wonder if they are in fact the terrorists. I think we need to be looking at those protestors closely to see what their agenda is. Or maybe they are just losers that have nothing else to do but protest everything. If they do not like our nations security then they should move to another country.

  • Melanie

    Interesting how people are are so defensive. This has nothing to do with freedom. This is security measure is simply for our safety. Plain and simple.

  • alias

    can anyone explain why pilots are exempt from this screening? how many times has this enemy carried out successful missions in uniforms of police or security forces of their own enemy. does anyone think that they could impersonate airline pilots. there is a hole in this system and it should be fixed b/4 our enemy comes flying through it . those who feel secure should be commended for their naivity. (think box cutters)
    a week or two ago some dudes entered an airport with automatic weapons openly displayed and cruised around for awhile. do you think our enemy took notice of this. are you comfortable that this can happen. they were “friendly,” but who’s friends were they.(think box cutters, no i’m sorry. think automatic assault rifles) your friends were getting groped by TSA while unknowns were cruising around with automatic assault rifles.
    the difference here is our enemy is in a committed fight. we (our government included) are on holiday and do not wish to be inconvenienced.
    KNOW YOUR ENEMY, or you lose.

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