How were your travels?
Fears that people protesting the use of new body scanning machines would wreck Thanksgiving travel never materialized over the holiday weekend.
The TSA reported minimal wait times at most airports on the day before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year. In fact the Transportation Security Administration reported that few people opted out of what some have deemed the virtual strip search because of the scantily clad outline it provides of the human body.
I flew out of Dulles on Thanksgiving headed for San Francisco and saw none of the body-scanning machines in use. The ones at the checkpoint I went through appeared to be shut down and were roped off. People were breezing through security, and I saw no one get a pat-down.
(My trip wasn't without delays, however. My connecting flight to Minneapolis diverted to Pittsburgh when the pilots reported a smell of smoke and an instrument problem -- nothing says Thanksgiving like landing on a runway lined with emergency vehicles! I ended up connecting through Detroit Metro Airport and was surprised at the number of people there who were also traveling on Thanksgiving. ).
The return trip from the West Coast was the same. There were no body-scanning machines in use at the checkpoint I went through at Terminal 3 of San Francisco International Airport.
Travelers who were driving north on Interstate 96 may have seen some of the worst of it. Backups extended for several miles on Wednesday, and the Delaware Department of Transportation waived tolls to help move traffic along.
Whether you flew across the country to visit friends or drove to Grandma's house, what was your experience with Thanksgiving travel? Post a comment below.
Michael D. Bolden
| November 29, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
Categories: Airports, Aviation, Driving, Highways
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