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Security complaints mount against TSA

Laurie Temple Laurie Temple

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As passengers arrive here they are faced with the prospect of being scanned by a full body x-ray machine.

The devices essentially give security personal a look under a person's clothes.

It's a great tool for finding contraband, but a lot of people say it goes too far, reveals too much.

People can refuse, but then they've got subject themselves to hands-on pat downs that extend to very private parts of the body.

The American Civil Liberties Union contends the full body scans and the pat downs violate a person's right to privacy and a person's right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

The ACLU will have people here at the airport near lobby number four between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 Wednesday afternoon to advise travelers of their rights.

"You always have the right to refuse. Unfortunately your right to refuse comes along with the problem that you are not going to be able to fly. If you object to any of these procedures and refuse to fly, you should contact the ACLU. You should contact your elected officials and you should contact the TSA," ACLU attorney Laurie Temple said.

The ACLU says it has received several complaints about the screening process from people in Hawaii and more than 600 complaints across the country.

It isn't telling people not to fly or not to agree to the searches.

It just wants people to know their rights, which for many will be consent or don't fly.

There is, however, a third option here in Honolulu.

So far there is just one of those new x-ray body scan machines here.

If you go through a check point with that machine, you may be subject to either the scan or a pat down.

But if you end up at one of the other check points you can still get through security by passing through one of the metal detectors we've all become so accustomed to.

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