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An airport backscatter body scanner is demonstrated (credit: AP)

An airport backscatter body scanner is demonstrated (credit: AP)

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BOSTON (CBS) — The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year. This year is expected to be no different. And at airports across the country, the lines may be even longer because of an anticipated protest against airport security.

Critics say screening has become too invasive and on Wednesday they want travelers to opt out of full-body scans and instead ask for a pat down.

The Transportation Safety Administration says this could cause chaos.

On the other side of the argument, supporters say the critics should stop whining and if they don’t like it, they shouldn’t fly.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports

Sally Grand was at Boston Logan Tuesday night and told WBZ-TV she’s okay with the new measures for two reasons.

“I’m picking up both my kids flying today and I’m happy to have everyone screened invasively because I want them to be safe,” she explained.

Michael Tuohey, a former ticket agent from Portland, Maine who checked in two of the 9/11 hijackers including Mohammad Atta, also supports TSA’s new security screening.

“Everyone should remember these people are in it for the long haul,” he said. “They have nothing to lose and we have everything to lose. And if people lose sight of that then shame on you.”

The new TSA security measures may be expanding to cover train and boat travel.

Related Story: TSA Explains Security Checkpoint Process

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