Screening Concerns Disappear; Smooth Sailing At AirportsBy Kathryn Brown

NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS) — For those who aren’t sticking around for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day parade, it’s the great holiday getaway. And this year comes with a little more anxiety.

For those going by plane a planned nationwide protest over enhanced security screenings, failed to do any serious damage to the lines.

On Wednesday night CBS 2’s Lou Young was at LaGuardia Airport where to many passengers’ surprise going through security was a breeze.

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Among the amazed many, a couple from Chicago stood curbside at LaGuardia marveling at the ease of their Thanksgiving eve trip. 

So what happened?

“I think everyone just came to their senses and asked why in the world would we slow ourselves down and our fellow passengers down? For what? I mean we’ve already kind of made the statement here,” Rick Kean said.

Protesters had threatened to gum up the works by demanding time-consuming pat-downs rather than face the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial new full-body scanners.

The only protester Young saw, though, was one guy making his own minimalist point about the indignity of the screening process. He got down to his underwear.

“This is just to get through security. Once I’m through security I’ll be able to change into proper flying attire,” Jason Rockwood said.

The truth is he didn’t need to strip for screening. Fully clothed flyers from all over said it was smooth sailing.

“We got through security pretty good. We got on the plane. Everything went pretty smooth. I was surprised,” said Charles Pleasant of Atlanta.

The only glitch of the day occurred among passengers flying on Spirit Airlines. A crashed computer forced the airline to check their passengers in by hand.

According to AAA, air travel in our area was expected to spike nearly 3-percent over last year.

However, travel by roads and rails was expected to rise even higher. The number of people driving to their holiday destinations could increase by over 11-percent over last year.

Long Island resident Mary Endlekofer is hitting the road this Thanksgiving simply out of convenience. “It’s only a five hour trip and I like to drive, so it’s not a big deal.”

Tighter security measures at the airport and the high cost of flying left many families with just one option when it came to getting away for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Boston resident Mountrell Sharp was driving the family down to Savannah. “It’s worth it to me. I got a DVD player inside, the kids are quiet, and just enjoy the trip on down.”

“Flying, you have to go through security, you have to go through all that hassle, the bags. It’s just easier, more convenient to fill up the tank and go with the kids,” said Denis McGland of Virginia.

Gas is more expensive compared to Thanksgiving 2009. The current national average: $2.88 for a gallon of regular, up from $2.63 a year ago.

Hitting the rails is another option. Amtrak on its busiest day of the year intends to use every available passenger car in its fleet. “We just didn’t want to get stuck, so we figured we’d take a train and get there quicker,” said Jamie Jacobson of New York City.

“We’re expecting about a 127,000 passengers to use Amtrak today alone,” said Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole. “That represents about a 70-percent increase over a normal wednesday for Amtrak.”

It also represents one more travel option for a public hustling to get to their destination before the turkey gets cold.

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Comments (25)
  1. Rob - Queens says:

    Do we forget that it is a priveledge to fly in an airplane, and that these are businesses created to take us to destinations for a profit. It is not our “right” to fly on these companies’ planes. If we choose to do so, then we must abide by their rules….

    If not, drive.

    If you can’t get to where you want by car, then sit at home. Nobody Cares.

    1. DanTe says:

      So somehow it’s RIGHT of the government to mandate searches for my PRIVATE BUSINESS transaction than? You lib T ARDS ARE stupid aren’t you?

      1. nathan says:

        Happy TGiving DanTe! Dont choke on a turkey bone!

  2. Ally says:

    Don’t forget that all 90 and 100 year old men and women may need a complete body search with all cllothes off like everyone else, truly, we are in the land of the Free.

    Don’t forget that all 90 and 100 year old men and women may need a complete body search with all cllothes off like everyone else, truly, we are in the land of the Free.

  3. ILOVEUSA says:

    The sheeple have spoken…cARRY ON GOV’T….Continue to take our rights away.!

  4. Matt says:

    CBS, I think you are providing a disservice to the readers by not mentioning the fact that the reason security lines are moving so quickly is because airports have decided NOT to use the backscatter machines. You can’t opt out of something if they decide not to use it.

  5. TIM says:

    Its “HOLY HOUR” not holy hor

  6. TIM says:

    im taking my mom to holy hor and then we are going shopping tonight unti the stores close!! Tonight will be the best pickings because all day long they were filling up the racks for friday!! Then we will enjoy tomorrow and the parade and I’ll take her to church again! Plus the best part everyone will be at least 1000 miles away this year!! No coplaing, nothinG!!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THANKSGIVING!!

  7. MissJusticeNY says:

    People, please be considerate of the other people traveling. You may want to be a pain in the you know what, but other people might just want to get home to their families this thanksgiving. If you opt out in protest, you’re only hurting other travelers, not the TSA. Do you really think the TSA cares if you opt out? C’mon, let’s be realistic.

    1. Nick says:

      Yes folks. Please be “considerate”. Give up your rights and liberties, so that p\ssants like this can go about their normal meaningless lives. After all, security and convenience is all that counts – so said the Nazis, the Bolsheviks, the Pol Pots and the MISSJUSTICENYs of the world.

  8. M says:

    You know what I think is a worse violation of my freedom than a scan or a pat down? Getting blown up by some moron who decides to strap explosive material to his groin area. If a 9 second body scan means I get to my destination in one piece than scan me baby!

    1. harriet in ny says:

      “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ”
      Benjamin Franklin

  9. Hermey Baby says:

    When I go through it later this afternoon, I will be thinking about the immortal words of Joan Jett

    Do you wanna touch (yeah)
    Do you wanna touch me there, where
    Do you wanna touch (yeah)
    Do you wanna touch (yeah)
    Do you wanna touch me there, where
    There, yeah
    Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

    1. KPMc says:

      Did your fantasies come true? or was it just another boring nondescript traveling experience? Did the sky fall on you Chicken Little?

  10. Nick says:

    Here’s the latest from the libturds: Don’t be afraid of the radiation from the machine because there’s radiation in the sky. Conveniently forgetting that the plane’s body is designed to block it out, and that the plane doesn’t fly high enough to get out of the atmosphere’s protection.

    Libturds, all rhetorics, no science. They have got to be born stupid. Nobody can possibly be working that hard at being that stupid.

    1. Michael H. says:

      As I last told DanTe, who curiously used the same term “libturds” it was a Republican administration who created the TSA and a Republican administration who purchased these scanners (they were bought in 2008). It was also a Republican appointee, MIchael Chertoff, who lobbied hard for these scanners. You seem to be pointing at the wrong group of people.

      BTW, aircraft grade aluminum doesn’t block radiation, and at 30,000 feet you’re above a lot of the protection.

      1. Nick says:

        Libturd is a nice phrase. Especially since you “freedom loving” libturds censors every other word.

        And as to your radiation scare, the truth will set you free:
        www dot

    2. KPMc says:

      First… I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure you are exposed to radiation in that tin can in the sky. From the atmosphere and the plane itself. Don’t know where you heard it somehow protects us.

      Secondly… what’s protecting you from the radiation from your cell phone, computer and television?

  11. La La Land at TSA says:

    Your fears over the body scan machines are overblown. We don’t use that radiation thingie to see through you. We use Magic Light. And we all know that Magic Lights are harmless, now don’t we?

    Now that you know, don’t you all just feel rather silly over this?

  12. shivdasani says:


    1. DAH says:

      we should get airlines to set up two kinds of planes. those who want security and those who dont. maybe even with planes that dont waste so much time on all that unnecessary maintenance and stuff too. Plane A; takes all necessary precautions and
      Plane B; lets anybody fly no ID no scannin or nothin and would be faster (waiver required)

      1. DanTe says:

        And we should set up two kinds of citizenship. One for those with no freedom or privacy, but have Full Security with 24/7 monitoring. The other for real Americans with a Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

        Guess which one DAH/nathan will chose?

    2. Michael H. says:

      +1 point for standing up for what Americans should believe in

      -1000 points for caps lock and horrible spelling abilities…

    3. drabs says:

      If you can’t spell FREEDOM corectly, you really shouldn’t be posting here (or anywhere).

    4. harriet in ny says:

      I respectfully refer you to Bush v. Gore

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