Local travelers react to airport security measures
HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - Since March, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has been using body scanners in the security area.
So far, there have been no major incidents. But frequent flyers are taking notice, some calling the new process frustrating and invasive.
TSA agents say it takes about ten seconds to go through the body scanners.
Passengers are chosen by random. But, one frequent flyer says all he sees is reverse discrimination.
"The little kids, they pick them. The older grandmothers, they pick them," said traveler Roger Hartinger. "They don't pick the guys that are capable of doing the job."
Hartinger and his wife have racked up over 3 million miles on Delta flights. They're regulars at the airport. But Hartinger says lately the security check point experience hasn't been good.
"She's been pulled out of line, run through the body scanners at least eight times this year," he said. "Considering her age, her stature, her frequent flyer status I think it's kind of ridiculous."
He says the explanation TSA gave him didn't make sense.
"The last time the guy explained to me its because of Timothy McVeigh," said Hartinger. "That's the explanation that TSA gave me. Now, she doesn't look anything like Timothy McVeigh so I assume they're looking for his grandmother, but does that accomplish anything? It doesn't accomplish a thing."
TSA released a statement about the body scanners this week ahead of a threat of a national boycott.
In it, administrator John Pistole reminds passengers what happened in Michigan.
"We cannot forget that less than a year ago a suicide bomber with explosives in his underwear tried to bring down a plane over Detroit," he said.
"Even if they find one in a million, that's one plane that could have gone down, that could save hundreds of lives so..its an annoyance but if it just saves one person its worth it," said traveler Josh Brown.
"The pat down I had was a little bit edgy, but it didn't take too long," said Brown's brother, Brad. "Like he said, better than safe than sorry."