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Homeland Security Asks for Travelers' Patience

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

November 15, 2010

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is asking air travelers for their cooperation and patience this holiday season, USA TODAY reports, amid a public backlash over full body scanners at airports. Travel group flyersrights.org plans to call on its 30,000 members today to boycott the scanners and insist on alternative security methods. The scanners' planned implementation has incited debate from a wide range of advocates regarding the potential recording and storage of the images, including a call from the Electronic Privacy Information Center that a federal judge grant an injunction on the Transportation Security Administration plans to implement the scanners at U.S. airports. But Napolitano says they serve an "important goal."
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