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Poll: Most Americans Favor Full-Body Scanners

Maybe they can set up a special line for the protesters? With a growing media storm over enhanced airport security procedures, some passengers are getting organized to fight back. But a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that nearly two-thirds of Americans support the controversial new scanning machines. Still, airports are bracing for especially big delays, thanks to an Internet campaign that encourages travelers to refuse the new security scanners, thus forcing agents to conduct the pat-downs that many—50 percent of those polled—call invasive. The White House has defended the security measures, which were implemented more than two weeks ago, but said they are constantly reevaluating airport security to balance safety and privacy. Despite the uproar, 71 percent of travelers said the new procedures wouldn’t affect their travel plans.