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November 12th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Cruise passenger: 'I'm just thankful to be alive'

The crippled Carnival Cruise Line ship finally pulled into San Diego Thursday. A fire that knocked out power Monday left some 3,500 passengers without air conditioning, hot showers or decent meals for four days of their vacation.

Two female passengers, one who was on a girls' getaway and another who was on a religious retreat, talk to American Morning today about the conditions inside.

Watch the video below to hear them talk about the smelly toilets, lackluster meals and how things gradually got better.  Also, check out this interview with Kiran Chetry, where passengers say warm beer and wine helped ease the tension on board.

Filed under: American Morning
November 12th, 2010
08:23 AM ET

Protesting airport body scanners, privacy group sues TSA

Flying the day before Thanksgiving?

Better be prepared to wait. Airport security lines may be getting even longer.

Outcries over the full-body security scanners continue with passengers, pilots and flight attendants choosing to opt out of the revealing scans for pat downs instead. One group calls for a day of protest against the scanners on Weds. Nov. 24, the busiest travel day of the year.

Another group says the Transportation Security Administration should remove the scanners from all airports. The group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit privacy advocacy group, is taking legal action against the TSA.

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC, says the TSA should be required to conduct a public rule-making to evaluate the privacy, security and health risks caused by the body scanners. He talks with AM’s John Roberts today.

“The agency doesn’t have the legal authority to put these device in the airports," Rotenberg tells Roberts. "It was a very big step they took when they decided to make the body scanners the primary screening technique, and that’s what we’re objecting to."

In the full video, Rotenberg explains why freedom of religion and the Fourth Amendment should be examined in this case.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning