Airport security checks: Necessary inconvenience or invasion of privacy?

UNDATED - Officials are defending new anti-terrorism security procedures at the nation's airports that some travelers complain are overly invasive and intimate.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says in a USA Today opinion piece that body scanners used at many airports are safe and the images are viewed in private. Some travelers fear the scanners may produce unhealthy radiation and complain the pat-downs are too personal.

With the Thanksgiving travel crush looming, federal air security officials have to convince more than the flying public of the need for new anti-terrorism screening procedures. Some airline pilots are pushing back against the full-body scans and probing pat-downs.

It seems to be tricky—how to be safe while maintaining privacy.

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