Nothing to opt out of here, says CHO
In anticipation of National Opt-Out Day, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport announces it does not have the full-body imaging technology that is sending passengers to protest by refusing the scans that critics call a "virtual strip search" on the day before Thanksgiving, the busiest travel day of the year.
CHO still uses metal detectors, and if the alarm goes off, passengers will get a standard pat-down, not the enhanced, more invasive pat-downs that also are outraging travelers. If the standard pat-down doesn't turn up what set off the alarm, the offending passenger will be led to a curtained area to be more thoroughly patted down by a supervisor. Hint from CHO: Don't wear metal through the detector.
The Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute has filed a lawsuit about the search techniques on behalf of two pilots.