Flight Attendants Exempted From Scanners
Flight attendants have also been exempted from random full-body scanner checks, the TSA announced Tuesday. Last week, the TSA said pilots didn't need to pass through the scanners unless they set off the metal detector. Exemption from the routine scanner examinations also means flight attendants and pilots will not undergo the controversial pat-down procedures introduced earlier this month. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has asked the TSA if it can modify its security procedures to dampen passenger backlash to the new rules and TSA Administrator John Pistole says they'll look at it, but not in time for the busy Thanksgiving rush. Pistole has released a video offering tips to passengers to get through security expeditiously. The threat of so-called "opt-out" protests by those refusing to submit to the scanners fizzled Wednesday and weather was a bigger concern.
From high winds in the northeast to unseasonable cold and snow in the Pacific Northwest, airports across much of the country coped with challenging weather over the holiday period. Winds caused delays in New York while an Arctic air mass from Canada collided with warm, moist air from the Gulf and spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across the country's midsection.