Recent news has brought up a few questions of interest to winter holiday fliers through Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE).
Are the new, high-tech full-body scanners harmful to health?
The advanced imaging technology (AIT) scanners in use now at MKE use millimeter wave technology that transmit radio-frequency waves over the body, a type of non-ionizing radiation in the radio band of the electromagnetic spectrum that do not damage cellular structures and molecules.
In contrast, TSA's other type of AIT scanner, the backscatter X-ray machine, delivers a low dose of X-rays, and some scientists and have expressed concers over the safety of these scanners, fearing they might increase the risk of developing cancer, while the European Union has banned them, according to CBS News.
Must everyone go through an AIT scanner?
A passenger who doesn't want to walk through the TSA's full-body scanner can say clearly "I opt out," and an officer of the same gender will then use a different screening method, often a pat-down, a technique that many find uncomfortably invasive, as Time and this blogger reported.
But a forum post states one traveler's experience was "not so bad."
Do "dust-ups" that get passengers kicked off flights or denied boarding happen at the Milwaukee airport?
Angry words spoken loudly are more likely than ever to cause itinerary-threatening problems at any airport, including MKE, and on any flight, no matter what airline operates it.
Recently, such an incident almost delayed this blogger who was flying from Mitchell Airport to O'Hare, as his story told vividly. Similar happenings continue to make the news often enough, demonstrating even celebrity travelers risk magnifying obstacles by breaking rules or attempting to argue around unfair treatment.
Customer service problems are best dealt with calmly and assertively after a trip. Problems at the security checkpoint may be dealth with by following the complaint instructions and form on the TSA website.
Can someone get V.I.P. treatment at Mitchell Airport?
MKE also boasts the Mitchell Gallery of Flight museum and a branch of Milwaukee's now famous independent used book store (Renaissance Books) in the main terminal that provide free, quieter places to stroll away from the holiday bustle.