Column: Despite rumors, no sign of campaign to punish scanner opt-outs

04/30/2010 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Rumors abound that travelers who decline full-body scans are being punished with secondary searches that are especially "unpleasant" and time-consuming. "The additional screening makes you want to go through the scanner, as it is so much more impersonal in the long run," says Karen Cummings, claiming she was treated like "a common criminal" after refusing a scan at Boston Logan International Airport. But Christopher Elliott of National Geographic Traveler says his own research turned up no evidence of a systematic effort by TSA screeners to single out reluctant passengers -- though the mere rumor could be enough to discourage requests for a pat-down.

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