Backlash behind protests ahead of holiday travel season

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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Comments (20)
  1. Barry G says:

    During a recent trip in Boston they made me take off my coat, belt, anything in my pockets etc. So why is the Mayor wearing his jacket, etc?

    1. Ernest Frank says:

      He’s wearing a coat when that photo was taken, dummy!!!!

  2. celita perez says:

    he should get the pat down too then see how he feels afterwards…

  3. bill says:

    anything to get in front of the cameras

  4. Thomas Bleming says:

    It should be obvious to anyone who has half a brain in their heads that this was a staged managed event, so that the mayor could garner some free publicity and at the same time suck up to those highly paid bureaucratic thugs in. the federal TSA and Homeland Security.

  5. Rimmington says:

    was he cut or uncut ?

  6. payfoward says:

    In all fairness to the Mayor, the machine was turned off. He knows that its been science fact since the peer-reviewed research that was published in the early 1070’s in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no minimal threshold for radiation damage to human cells. He also knows the perception of security is what keep people flying even though there is nothing that can be done to prevent terrorists from attacking airplanes. Keeping people flying is what the Mayor, as CEO of the Los Angeles World Airport, by virtue of his office, is compelled to do. He places the revenue stream of the airport above the health threat to the citizens who fly. But, he’s never really risen above street thug, anyhow.

  7. Nancy says:

    He has on his jacket in the machine.

    He should have agreed to have his privates patted up, that is more invasive and personal.

    Since he didn’t, I don’t have any respect for his photo op.

  8. Katie says:

    In an interview on CNN a few days ago, former HS chief Chertoff admitted that he is part owner of the company who manufactures these scanners. He said he developed the idea while he was chief. The way he handled the first job, not sure about this development. And why did he get the contract?

  9. Cuate says:

    The mayor must like big security dudes touching his junk. Lol

  10. vrenn76 says:

    I wouldn’t believe you’d have to remove any clothing articles, because the technology behind the device is to scan your body entirely and more effectively, seeing anything behind underneath your clothes. And also, because it’s a choice between a scan or a pat down, Villaraigosa “chose” to do a scan (as everyone has the choice to do) and avoid getting a pat down. It’s a very simple message. However, as Thomas Bleming stated, I got to agree to some of his words. Political publicity tends to paint the way.

  11. Terrence says:

    No one cares about what Villaraigosa does or says here in Los Angeles. It is like asking the Pope what he thinks about sex.

  12. Guest says:

    Celebrity endorsement by Tony Tiger says, There Grrrrrrrrrrrrreat !

  13. Asok Smith says:

    “Distinguished biological physicist and radiation expert Mayor Villaraigosa, emerging from his x-ray laboratory where he’s been studying the effects of X-rays on human skin for the last 25 years, while publishing over 25 articles in respected and peer reviewed journals, assured the traveling public that TSA X-ray naked picture scanners inflict no harm.”

    Oh wait. That’s not what happened at all. Instead, Mayor Villaraigosa, clutching his history degree from UCLA, allowed himself to be photographed in a TSA scanner, declaring, “See, it didn’t kill me. It must be safe. Now you try it.”

    I tell you this is funnier than stupid pet tricks.

  14. Mike says:

    I bet he would feel stupid if he ends up getting skin cancer from this.

  15. Rick says:

    Did they find his sta$h of Teeth Whitening Tooth Paste?

  16. truthhurts says:

    Impeach him. He’s the terrorist.

  17. R Sousa says:

    Mayor V, you are so macho
    Tiene cajones grande!

  18. ray says:

    i want to know who gets a free pass on patt downs,,scanner,and faster go through,,how many are they rich,stars,reporters,law,makers,judges,ect

    also,is ther a blood test to show the effects of radation we get,,do i get a choice to to file a complante with out being find 10,000

  19. Jip says:

    Would like to see him take another scan after he visits the gift shop!

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