FORT MYERS, Fla - We're embarking on one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Up to 2.5 million passengers are expected to fly each day. While airlines are advising people to allow plenty of extra time, what if a holdup at security makes you miss your flight? We found, it depends on the airline.
"It was smooth! I sailed right through," Blanche Rogers said.
"It was great, it was wonderful!" Victoria Long said.
No, passengers aren't raving about their flights, but security checkpoints before they took off.
"The lines were manageable, everybody was happy, nobody was having a problem, no pat downs, I just zipped right through," Long said.
But not all flyers are thrilled to get up close and personal with the T.S.A.
"I think it's against our constitutional rights," Gale Anderson said.
"It's probably pretty necessary but it doesn't have to be so touchy-feely you know?" Ashton Sullivan said.
Wednesday has been dubbed "National Opt-Out Day." Passengers across the country will refuse to go through the full body scanner. While the organizer says the intent isn't to cause delays, we contacted several airlines for plans if security wait times force passengers to miss their flights.
-Jet Blue has no policy
-Delta will work with passengers on a case-by-case basis...
-American Airlines says, should you get stuck at security, call their reservations number and they'll work to get you on another flight.
In the last week, T.S.A. reports:
-2 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints
-12 firearms found at checkpoints
-14 passengers arrested after suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents
Most say they'd prefer a moment of discomfort on the ground, for peace of mind in the air.
"I'd rather be safe," Roger said. "I think it's a good thing."
The T.S.A. says they are trying to "make procedures as minimally invasive as possible while still providing the security that the American people want and deserve." But, if you feel you had a negative experience going through a security pat down, scan or search - such as an "abusive pat down" or being detained for a long period of time - the American Civil Liberties Union has a form on its website where you can file a complaint: Http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/tsa-pat-down-search-abuse