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Body Scan, No Pat-Down For Mayor Villaraigosa At LAX

Backlash behind protests ahead of holiday travel season
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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — In an effort to fend off a growing resistance from passengers ahead of the busiest travel day of the year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants the 1.5 million people expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport that there’s nothing unsafe about controversial body scanners.

To show just how easy it is to be scanned, Villaraigosa twice stepped inside a scanner Monday as reporters and photographers watched.

The mayor says the scans exposed him to no harm and he didn’t feel his privacy had been invaded when an image of his body was projected on a computer screen viewed by security personnel.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou Reports

A backlash to the machines and new pat-down searches has developed as the Thanksgiving travel period looms.

The mayor did not go through the new pat-down procedure, which is also being criticized as invasive.

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