PASCO -- Anyone planning to take to the air to spend Thanksgiving with family should be ready for some hands-on screening at some airports.
In recent weeks, the Transportation Safety Administration changed the way agents performed pat-downs on passengers in an effort to find hidden explosives.
Air travelers have been complaining about the new full-body scans and more invasive pat-downs.
At the Tri-Cities Airport on Wednesday, most people hadn't seen or been selected for a personal pat-down.
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Shaunna Richeson of Pasco said she would feel uncomfortable with the more intrusive searches.
"I don't want anyone to touch my body," she said.
Richeson said the security procedures for flying keep getting more personal -- all because of the lengths people will go to to hurt Americans.
"I just think we're being terrorized," she said. "You really don't have a choice."
Next year, the Tri-Cities Airport is set to get one of the full-body scanners, said Airport Manager Jim Morasch. Those scans show naked images of the passenger's body, without the face, to a screener who is in a different location and does not know the identity of the traveler.
The new hands-on searches are used for passengers who don't want the full-body scans, when something shows up in screening, or even randomly.
Morasch said the people can go in a private room for the body search. "It's very intrusive," he said.
They can take about two minutes, and involve sliding of the hands along the length of the body, along thighs and near the groin and breasts, according to The Associated Press.
Candice Hovanski of Richland supports whatever measures the Transportation Security Administration needs to take to keep people safe.
"I want our nation to be secure," she said. "If that's what it takes, I'm for it."
Marci McCabe of Richland experienced her first pat-down Wednesday.
"It was fine," she said, "She explained everything she was going to do. She was very sweet."
The TSA worker made sure she knew what was involved in the search, and McCabe said that helped.
"She explained the whole process, how she was going to touch my breast and buttocks and crotch."
Morasch said he has heard some complaints about the new searches. He also has heard about a campaign urging people to refuse these searches on Wednesday -- the day before Thanksgiving when airports are jammed with travelers.
The TSA website says passengers who refuse both the full body scan and the pat-down will not be allowed to get on their flight, and the TSA could fine them up to $11,000 if they delay other passengers.
The U.S. has nearly 400 of the advanced imaging machines at 70 airports. That number will grow to 1,000 machines next year.