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TSA showdown: Disagreements over new security screening

NATIONWIDE (WAOW) -- As the peak Thanksgiving travel days approach, the uproar over more intense security screenings at the nation's airports grows even louder.

Even though they understand the reason behind them, travelers from average tourists to the Secretary of State, are not thrilled with the new rules.

ABC's Emily Schmidt in Washington reports that new security scans and pat downs at airports have turned up at least one thing so far -- a lot of frustrated passengers.

One traveler, Dave Hoban, says "I think the TSA is out of control." These pat downs are considered by many to be too close for comfort, too up- to-interpretation.

One breast cancer survivor, a flight attendant, says she was asked to show security her prosthesis.

"She put her full hand on my breast and said 'What is this?' says Cathy Bossi.

'I said, 'It's a prosthesis because I've had breast cancer' and she said 'Well, you'll need to show me that."

Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the process is a balancing act. When asked if she would submit to the new pat-down, Clinton said, "Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?"

The TSA worked over the weekend to convince passengers the measures are necessary. 

"You have the option to request that the pat downs be conducted in a private room," said John Pistole. "You have the option to have that pat-down witnessed by a person of your choice."

Late Sunday, the TSA added airport screening procedures will be adapted as conditions warrant.

Another traveler, Mike Weiler, said "I'm still afraid of flying, that hasn't changed. but I feel greater security I think.  With the scanners."

There's an internet movement urging passengers to opt out of body scans this week to slow security and prove a point to the TSA. Some experts aren't sure the idea will catch on.

"The truth is, most travelers just want to get to their destination as fast as possible," said Genevieve Shaw Brown.

One business group says that movement to choose pat downs instead of the quicker body scans is dangerous and irresponsible -- because it bunches people in the less secure parts of the airport.

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