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New choice at Ft. Lauderdale Airport: Full body scan or pat down?

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Angry backlash to new security measures at our airports will be effecting some of our holiday travel plans.

One man in San Diego may be the spark that started the fire. "We're spending inordinate amounts of money on security that isn't necessary, and arguably doesn't work. I didn't intend to go through the machine or be groped," said John Tyner.

He refused to board a plane on Saturday and called the TSA's security measures intrusive. Tyner's now being investigated by the TSA.

Meantime, airports across the country are preparing for a possible protest that could grind air travel to a halt on one of the busiest days of the year.

Holiday air travelers have one very important decision and two choices: Do I want a full body scan or do I want a pat down?

The Department of Homeland Security says it's the only way you're getting on a plane. "We're doing it because we need to keep powders and gels and liquids off planes," said a spokesperson for the department.

A woman leaving South Florida recounts her run in with the new machines at the Ft. Lauderdale airport. She told screeners she didn't want to go through the scanner, so she got the pat down. "They have to feel around everything -- your genitals, your breasts, everything."

The ordeal ended with her in tears and a TSA screener giving her tissues.

John Tyner became a YouTube sensation as he boldly put a TSA worker on the spot, and it was all caught on tape. "If you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested."

But, here's the other side of the story. With the scanners, TSA workers can see through your clothes with X-ray technology.

Security officials assure all the images will be deleted as soon as they are viewed and the travel will be safer. "Oh, I think, they're excellent. Hopefully, they'll prevent a lot of problems and un-needed searching," said one advocate.

And if and when other passengers warm up to the idea of full body scanning, we're told it will speed up security lines.

TSA says you won't have to worry about emptying coins out your pockets and taking off metal belt buckles.

Still, some privacy advocates and passengers are skeptical people will ever get over getting undressed by a machine. "I just hope people respect themselves enough to not allow people to do this to them anymore," another concludes.

Many passengers and privacy advocates are skeptical about the procedures, and that's sparked a movement now known as "National Opt Out Day".

It's a Web site asking flyers to protest the scanners. Airport officials warn though that could make traveling a nightmare because pat downs will make security lines go much slower.

National Opt Out Day is November 24 -- the day before Thanksgiving.

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