What some protesters threatened as an opt out day has turned into a TSA appreciation day.
As reports continue to come with normal or below-normal wait times, this will be our final update of this post today.
Though volume was around expected levels, our preparations for today kept wait times at such a minimum that some airports are closing screening lanes due to a lack of passenger throughput.
In addition to our operational updates from the field, we’ve rounded up news coverage from across the country about today’s airport travel experience:
- The Dallas Morning News: TSA "outrage": There's no "there" there
- New York Times: Travelers’ Reports: Better Than Expected
- Washington Post: Airport travel starts smoothly, with no sign of delays from scanner protests
- CNN: Opt-outs largely no-shows at airports
- Reuters: "Don't touch my junk" airport patdown protests fizzle
- Denver Post: DIA: Smooth day at Denver airport
- Boston Herald: Terrorism risks trivialized by media
- Bloomberg: New York, Chicago Airports Report No Scanner Logjams
- Philadelphia Inquirer: Smooth traveling at airport
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Pittsburgh travelers unfazed by new pat-downs, scanners
- NYDN: Thanksgiving travelers opt out of National Opt-Out Day protest, TSA says no delays over body scans
- Mercury News: So far, no delays due to security procedures or protests at Oakland International
- The Plain Dealer: Smooth, protest-free traffic at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
- CBS: Airport Scanners and 12 Must-Know Radiation "Risks"
- Baltimore Sun: BWI traffic moves briskly despite plans for protest
- Gizmodo: National Opt-Out Day Is A Bust, Says TSA
- Albany Times Union: Lines move smoothly at Albany Int'l Airport, rail, bus stations
- KC Star: Passengers moving smoothly through airports
- Wired: Air Travelers Opting Out of Opting Out
- Seattle King 5 News: Sea-Tac Airport lines move smoothly despite threat of protest
- The Dallas Morning News: Security lines moving smoothly at D/FW Airport
- Indy Star: Passengers not fussing at Indy airport checkpoints
- SF Chron: Smooth sailing at Bay Area airports
- Star Ledger: Sen. Robert Menendez says he supports use of full-body scanners, pat-downs
- Toronto Star: Travellers opt out of Opt-Out Day
- Richmond Times Dispatch: RIC passengers move smoothly through security
- USA Today: Fliers facing minimal airport delays, despite protest threats
- LA Times: No unusual airport screening delays seen yet, but officials brace for possible 'opt out' protests
- Chicago Sun Times: Despite security, few delays at O'Hare--so far
- AP: Airport lines move smoothly despite warnings
- Orlando Sentinel: Big crowds, but small lines, at Orlando International Airport today
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution: No crowds, protests at Hartsfield
- FOX: Many Opting Out of “National Opt Out Day”
- Dayton Daily News: Dayton airport lines moving quickly; no delays reported
Additional Recent Clips, Op-Eds and Editorials
- The Daily Beast: The Media's Pat-Down Frenzy
- New York Times: Politicizing Airport Security
- Washington Post: Don't Touch My Junk? Grow Up, America.
- NYDN: Mayor Bloomberg To Passengers Outraged By Intrusive TSA Checks: Get Over It, It's To 'Keep You Safe'
- USAT: Airports Say Security Checks Going Smoothly
- USAT: Pistole: Why We Need TSA's Security Measures
Operational Updates as of 5 p.m. EST:
- Dallas/Fort Worth: One Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) opt-out today, and wait times consistently under 12 minutes.
- Dallas Love Field: Wait times under 3 minutes.
- Salt Lake City: Wait times no more than 5 minutes at both checkpoints one and two; when open, checkpoint 3 has a 2-minute wait time. Across the airport, we have all lanes open and 6 AITs in operation.
- Atlanta: 39 total AIT opt outs today (again, out of 47,000 fliers). All were screened and continued to their flights.
- Newark: Average wait times today by terminal were 6 minutes for A and C, 11 minutes for B.
- New Orleans: The longest reported wait time was approximately 13 minutes. Six passengers opted out of AIT screening. All were screened and continued to their flights.
- Iowa and Kansas: No disruptions, no wait times greater than 10 minutes. According to federal security director, lots of passenger compliments.
- Denver: Current wait times are 3-4 minutes per checkpoint.
- Colorado Springs: 5-minute average wait time, and no AIT opt-outs.
- Minneapolis: Wait times are currently 5-10 mins. No incidents.
- Detroit: No wait time over 20 minutes all day.
- Green Bay: Wait time is 3 minutes.
- Indianapolis: 24-minute peak this morning at 6 a.m. Nothing near since.
- Louisville: 5-10 minute wait times.
- Los Angeles: Los Angeles: 113 AIT opt outs across LAX’s 8 terminals, which is less than 1 percent of the approximately 50,000 travelers screened at LAX today. All AIT opt-outs were screened and continued to their flights.
- Charlotte: 18,000 passengers screened so far today, and estimated 24,000 will be screened by end of day. 1 AIT opt out today.
- Cincinnati: The peak wait time was 10 minutes, and average is 5 minutes.
- Chicago O’Hare: The longest wait was 15 minutes at one checkpoint, and has been under 10 minutes airport-wide for the most part.
- Cleveland: Under 20 minutes for wait times all day, with a 10-minute average. Current wait times are less than 5 minutes. 0.66 percent opt out rate today.
- Boston: Approximately 56,000 passengers screened with 300 AIT opt outs, which is less than 1 percent of all travelers and less than a normal day at the airport’s 17 AITs. All were screened and continued to their flights. The longest wait time all day was 12 minutes in terminal A in very early morning, and it was very short lived given all lanes were open.
- Detroit: 25,000 passengers screened today, and 57 AIT opt-outs. All were screened and continued to their flights.
TSA Blog Team