There’s only one thing on air travelers’ minds this Thanksgiving travel season…and it’s not grandma’s turkey. No, we’re talking about airport security. And in particular, the new full body scanners that the TSA will be employing at many airports across the country. Proponents say the technology will help keep the flying public safer. But critics contend that it amounts to a virtual strip search. Some are even calling for a National Opt-Out Day on November 24th as a way for fliers to show their displeasure with the machines. Needless to say, not all frequent travelers agree that this is the best way to influence policy. If you do opt out of the machines, be forewarned that the alternative…the enhanced TSA pat-down…is also not likely to please you. In this episode of Talking Travel, David Allan from the BBC Travel Website talks about your options as you get ready to fly on or near Turkey Day. And Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid offers up this little video, comparing the amount of time it takes to go through the scanner, versus the dreaded “take off your shoes” deal:
In this episode, we’ll also hear about the latest news from Burma, including the recent elections (deemed neither free nor fair by President Obama) and the release of dissident Aung Sang Sui Ki. What does all this mean for travelers? Well, a recent tourism boycott call has been lifted, at least for those who want to go to Burma on their own, and not with a package tour. But you should still think carefully about a trip to Burma, as some of your money will almost certainly end up in the hands of the military regime.
We’ll end with a look at that iconic travel experience, the Road Trip. We’ll delve into books and films to plot our course, and we’ll even discuss ways to eat healthy on the road (not always easy, we know). Robert will follow the path of the new movie Due Date looking for interesting stops along the way.
(Photo: Ralf Roletschek)