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Thanksgiving airline travel: How was it?

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 12:26pm

TYLER - With horror stories about the full body scanners and pat-down procedures being intrusive and causing delays, many Americans were apprehensive about flying this holiday season.

"You know, I had expected to get pat-down, just really because of some of the things that have been going on that I've seen on the news and stuff like that but, it was a clean, quick, easy process," said Terence Louis Haynes II, a traveler from Miami.

Last week, there were rumors of a revolt against the TSA security measures, but aside from reports of a few travelers showing up in bikinis or boxers, TSA officials say they didn't really see any backlash.

"It's kind of embarrassing in a way, because you're just standing there, everyone's watching you getting patted down. That part's kind of embarrassing," said Steve Tersteeg.

But to Steve Tersteeg and Tanya Kroll from Minneapolis, the scanners and pat-downs weren't that big of a deal.

Kroll has flown 4 times in the past 4 weeks. Two of those times, she was scanned and patted down.

"You know, it wasn't intrusive. I think if you were in a real hurry, it could probably be annoying, but you know, we baked in a lot of time, so it wasn't too bad, but other than that...it's just one of those necessities I guess," Kroll said.

A necessity they say sure beats the highway when you're traveling far.

"It's a lot faster than driving - for us at least - so I'll go through it," Tersteeg said.

So at least from the group of folks we spoke to today, traveling went pretty smoothly for them this Thanksgiving.

But the holidays are just getting started... Christmas is right around the corner.

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