How to Fly With the Fourth Amendment
WARNING: Staring at this image may cause extreme patriotic feelings
Not all airports use the scanners.
Even when airports have them, they may not be at all terminals.
Even when terminals have them, they may not be at all checkpoints.
You can keep your dignity and still get home for Christmas.
Here is a list of what airports use the nekkid machines: Flyer Talk Complete List of AIT At Airports
Here is where I checked what airlines fly at what terminals: IFly.com — then browsed terminal maps
For my December trip to Las Vegas, I’m gonna go to the airport. I’m gonna ask the person who checks my boarding pass (before I go into the secure area) these questions:
“Are there backscatter or millimeter wave machines at this checkpoint?”
If so, “Will it be a problem if I refuse it and the enhanced pat-down?”
If no, I’ll go ahead. If yes, I’ll go home.
I think getting out of LAX will be OK, but getting out of Las Vegas may take more effort. Fortunately I have the resources to get a ticket with a non-nekkid machine airline or rent a car. Either is OK.
For my December trip to Raleigh, I’m on the fence. I’m flying United, which I know is behind nekkid machines at both LAX and RDU. I think the best thing to do is call United in advance and see what their advice is, then go from there. (I sent them an email but didn’t hear back; a phone call is more effective anyway.)
I’m lucky RDU’s Terminal 1 has no nekkid machines.
And GSO is only an hour away.
It feels good to have a plan.