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Nov. 14, 2010
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The nation's Homeland Security chief asked for air travelers' "cooperation" and "patience" with full-body scanning and pat downs this holiday season amid a growing public backlash that the airport tactics are intrusive.
"Each and every one of the security measures we implement serves an important goal," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a column for today's USA TODAY.
Yet some consumer, civil rights and pilots groups are protesting new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) methods they say go too far.
"The public is done with their rights being violated," says Kate Hanni, executive director of the travel group flyersrights.org. "People are just furious" about the body scanners, which peer beneath clothing, and pat downs of their private areas if they refuse to be scanned.