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Posted at 8:51 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Thanksgiving travel tales: Send us your experiences in a tweet using #TSATime

By Katie Rogers
This is what Denver International Airport looked like this morning. Enjoy! (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images).

Updated November 24, 8:50 a..m.

Let's face it: The act of flying during the holidays is consistently horrible, so much so that it's really the only thing about traveling we can rely on. There will always be long lines, screaming children and armrest hogs to contend with -- and deep down, we know none of it's really that bad. After all, we're getting to where we need to go.

However, 2010 hasn't really been a typical year, and the holiday travel season should be no different. "Chicken or fish?" has been replaced with "scanner or pat-down?" in the name of combating terrorism. There's been a lot of hoopla over whether the TSA is overstepping some pretty personal boundaries, but nearly two-thirds of Americans support full body scanners at airports, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, though half of all those polled say enhanced pat-down searches go too far. (If you're traveling, this graphic will show you what to expect.)

With the National Opt-Out Protest Day today and the new security measures, will this year be the worst travel season ever? We're curious to know how your travel experience goes.

So far, judging from reports coming in from across the US, the opposite is actually true. People are seeing short lines, quick trips through security and the occasional heavy pat down. The Post's @Ericathas tweeted, "Wait time in #IAD #TSA line: 2 minutes. Wait time in Dunkin' Donuts line: 16 minutes."

Whereas @Luvcookbooks tweeted, "No part left unpatted. TSA took drivers license bf patdown."

The Post's Anna Uhls hit up National Airport to ask travelers opinions about the scanners:

YOUR TAKE: What was your travel experience like?

Send us your thoughts via Twitter using #TSATime, a hashtag PBS Newshour was kind enough to share with us, and we'll keep track of your responses right here. (Here's a video they did to launch #TSATime.) If you'd like, share your location by tweeting the airport code in a hashtag, too: #LAX, #IAD, etc. Meanwhile, if it's travel tips you're looking for, you can find them here or here.

Less than 10 minutes of #TSAtime at ORD. Backscanners not on. Easy start to turkey day weekend!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Quick security lines at #IAH #TSAtime
No pat downs that I saw.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

Saw the scanners at #dca but thankfully was not asked to go through one #tsatimeless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Took approx 87 seconds to get through security at #DCA and I didn't even get offered a nude picture or a pat down. I feel cheated. #TSATimeless than a minute ago via twitterfeed

thru #mdw in 10 min w/o scans or patdowns. donated 4 oz of shaving cream to the cause of american bureaucracy. still got my razor. #tsatimeless than a minute ago via txt

Went through the Xray scanner and a pat down at Logan. TSA agent explained pat down in advance, was respectful, offered privacy #TSATimeless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

By Katie Rogers  | November 24, 2010; 8:51 AM ET
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On Monday the 22nd, arrived at Dulles about 0900, entered a moderate line, processed without delay, scan, or frisk of anyone I could see. Had to take off my belt and watch, but had no problem.

Posted by: caldey | November 23, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Darn right 2/3 of Americans support the scans and pat downs, the people who don't need to realize that these procedures aren't just for their individual safety, its for the safety of everyone on the planes and anywhere those planes could be crashed.

People need to realize that the world is a dangerous place and America's enemies are bringing the battle home. You don't get the chance to opt out of being their next potential target as long as you live in this free and democratic Nation. This whole nonsense of opting out is selfish and greedy.

Posted by: foxydude2003 | November 24, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

You are right: opting out of screening is selfish and greedy.

Selfish and greedy for the US Constitution and the guarantee of civil rights for every citizen.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated" (US Constitution, 4th Amendment).

The Government does not have the right, nor the power, to force citizens to submit to invasive searches without a warrant specifically naming "the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

You may have any opinion you want about current events, the state of terrorism in the world, the importance of security, or whether or not the searches are reasonable or appropriate.

These searches are illegal, according to the highest law of the land, the Constitution. "Shall not be violated."

Let's see what the US Supreme Court has to say about it. I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut hole that I know what they will say.

I do not think that all the fancy lipped lawyers in Homeland Security can dance out of the clear and absolute language of the Fourth Amendment. We will just see.

Posted by: graydon_stephenson | November 24, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Glad that this is not materializing into some big protest today. I have no problem with a body scan or a pat down. I want to know that my flight is as safe as possible. I will also tell the TSA employees to keep up the great job they are doing and to not let these idiots get to them. Amazing that the same people who thought the PATRIOT Act was a great thing are now saying patdowns are Unconstitutional. Some people just look for a fight anywhere they can get it.

Posted by: Dem77 | November 24, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

public safety shud be everyones concern as shud government fear mongering...TSA was a stop gap measure to insure overall consistency in securing air travel...those who feel their civil rights are being violated need to address their own fears...when you have air travel you will have those who choose to make it difficult..check with your airline read the website for any and all updates on how to travel quickly and safely...leave your jewelry at home...happy thanksgiving everybody

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | November 24, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I get what your saying but I don't think the people who wrote the constitution took into account religious fanatics crashing airplanes full of people into bigger buildings full of even more people.

You have to remember something, as good as our rule book is (the constitution and bill of rights), the terrorists don't play by the rules and will exploit everything they can to do the most damage possible.

In short, if I have to have my goodies felt up by the TSA every time I travel to keep the other people on/off the plane safe, well bring on the rubber gloves baby. In all seriousness sometimes you have to give up something for the greater good, I don't think these searches are really that big of a sacrifice to my personal freedom given the consequences of TSA not searching anyone.

Posted by: foxydude2003 | November 24, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

No matter what, an x-ray is an x-ray. X-rays doses the person with radiation and they are culmutive. Remember that when your child or wife comes down with cancer. Classic case of herd mentality.

Posted by: BringYourOwnBags | November 24, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I think most people who are frustrated at this process don't want a complete end of security, they just want security that works. These new(ish) machines can't search body cavities. Neither can the enhanced pat-downs. So there are ways to hide junk in your, um, junk. Rafi Sela, an Israeli airport security expert, has noted that he could sneak enough explosives past these machines to blow up a 747. That guy has 30 years of experience in keeping airports safe. We probably can't do the same things Israel does--we have a great many more airports than them, for one--but if he says these machines are useless and a waste of money, I believe him.

Posted by: dkp01 | November 24, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Since these are RANDOM enhanced scanning and pat downs, naturally most people will not experience a problem because MOST people will not be RANDOMLY selected.

More people travel weekly for work, but we are supposed to believe these scans won't affect their health, based on what TSA tells us. We already know TSA lies, so that's not much comfort.

Regardless of the randomness, all handicapped travelers and those with foreign objects in their bodies HAVE to submit either the scan or the pat downs. That is a constitutional violation.

Posted by: hebe1 | November 24, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I have two things: 1) you choose to fly. If you choose to fly you also choose the requirements of flying. If you don't like those requirements, then do not fly. That is your choice.

2) In terms of modesty, a comedian said: "Honey, we can see you're fat through your clothes, the scanner isn't going to tell us anything we don't already know..."

Posted by: JorgeGortex | November 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Okay, some of the tweets are getting to me.
It's only taking 5 minutes from the time they reach the head of the line or the whole experience?
Because I have never been able to get through security at Albany (very small), Indianapolis or Orlando in 5 minutes.
It takes that long to wait to send your shoes through.

These are real Tweets, right?

Posted by: hebe1 | November 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Good clips. Seems like most people don't mind it. Only the whiners seem to forget 9/11.

Posted by: password11 | November 24, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Why do people put themselves through this every year?

Posted by: jckdoors | November 24, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The tweets haven't refreshed in over 15 minutes.

Seriously, are these real??? How about some times stamps instead of "less than a minute ago", which is incorrect as they haven't been updated in over 15 minutes.

I'm getting paranoid!!!!

Posted by: hebe1 | November 24, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

2:57, same tweets as 2:34, and 2:20.

Could just be slow...
...I still smell a conspiracy
....and I'm definitely crossing over into paranoid land

Posted by: hebe1 | November 24, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, hebe1! Not sure about the time stamps. I'll have someone look at it.

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