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Airport busy with holiday travelers, but not bogged down

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Laurie Temple Laurie Temple
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By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Thanksgiving travelers crowded Honolulu International Airport on their way to visit friends and family, but delays many feared would be caused by tightened security and security protests did not materialize.

Foot traffic through the airport was brisk, but there were not any unusually long lines or extraordinary delays.

Six of the new full body scanners, the devices that produce those next-to naked images, were used at check points in the overseas terminal. The average scan took seven or eight seconds and did not seem to slow down the security process.

"You go through, and that was it. It was very fast," said Mokihana Maldonaldo, who few from Los Angeles to Honolulu Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with family. "I'm Ok with it. I think as long as we're safe and people can fly and, you know, I'm fine with it."

The ACLU contends the body scans and pat-downs are too intrusive. It said they violate a person's right to privacy and right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

The ACLU had volunteers at the airport passing out leaflets informing passengers of their rights.

"It tells them that besides metal detectors there are full body scanners which take pictures of your body and actually is an X-ray so there is radiation as well," said Laurie Temple, an attorney with the ACLU.

There is no doubt some people strongly object to the full body scans, but some travelers say they are alright with the devices because they make flying safer.

"I've been through the body scanner. It's not a big deal. You know, I don't feel violated. I don't feel anything. It's a good thing," said Jana Luker, who flew from L.A. to Honolulu Wednesday.

The neighbor island terminal was bustling as usual.

"We're going to the Big Island to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends," said 4th grader Patrick Jenkins of Kaimuki.

While a lot of people consider the day before Thanksgiving to be the busiest travel day of the year, airport workers said Sunday will be busier because a majority of the people who left for the Thanksgiving holiday will be coming home.

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