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Activist Calls For Boycott Of Full-Body Scanners In Airports

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Brian Sodergren of Loudoun County, Va., says the new full-body scanners installed in some airports violate people's privacy. He created a OptOutDay.com, a Web site that he hopes will prompt civil disobedience on one of the busiest travel days of the year. His goal is to bring more scrutiny to both the full-body scanners and the alternative: the pat down.

He's urging people who share his opinion to write their members of Congress and airline representatives. The Web site urges travelers to say "I opt out" when asked to go through a full-body scan.

The Transportation Security Administration says the scanners can identify threats hidden under layers of clothing that metal detectors can't detect. But Sodergren says he doesn't believe the government has a right to see under anyone's clothes.

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