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1/4/03

Baggage Screening Means Loss of Privacy

Just four days old, the new luggage screening process has been hard to accept for many travelers.

"I don't like it," said passenger David Steadman.

Since 9/11, Americans have both tolerated and demanded more screening at the nations airports. But now, with the full implementation of having every single bag searched, travelers are feeling the sudden sting of a loss of privacy.

"You feel like your privacy is being invaded a little bit, and as Americans you're not used to that," said Frances Baird.

"The public has been great, they're cooperating as best as they can," said TSA Screening Supervisor Ted Landry. He says the public has been cooperative but not completely trusting. "A lot of passengers aren't comfortable with leaving their bags for someone to look at so they absolutely can stay and watch that," he said.

That's exactly what traveler David Steadman did, keeping a watchful eye as his bags were opened. "I'm not crazy about it. I don't like it. It's more of an invasion of privacy than anything," he said.

On top of that, others wonder whether the whole system is simply too little too late. "I don't really know if it's justified," said passenger John Wendt. "I kind of feel if terrorists want to find a way to cause some damage, they'll find easier targets than this," he said.

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