|Published:||Nov 16, 2010 6:38 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 16, 2010 2:55 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The latest forecast for holiday travel is out and it looks like you may have more company if you plan to hit the road or fly the friendly skies for Thanksgiving.
AAA has just released it's holiday travel forecast and it's expecting some 42-million people will travel at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. In Florida, that figure is 2.2 million. That, coupled with stepped up security measures like full body scans and enhanced pat downs, could make for a nightmare at the airport.
The full-body scanners now being used at many airports use very low doses of X-rays to scan travelers front and back, creating what some are calling a "naked image." Your face is blurred out and the image can not be saved, but still, many people are opting not to go through the scanner citing privacy concerns.
Now, with TSA agents given full clearance to use more thorough pat-down techniques, some passengers say they feel violated. One man flying out of San Diego likened it to a sexual assault.
While the new procedures may be invasive, some passengers say it's okay when used for legitimate threats.
Airports will certainly be packed, but if you're opting to hit the road instead - you're not alone.
AAA says automobile travel will account for 94 percent all holiday travel - that's despite a 24 percent increase in gas prices compared to the same period last year.
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