updated 11/24/2010 2:57:40 PM ET 2010-11-24T19:57:40

A college student has posted a video on the Internet in which he strips down to a Speedo bathing suit to protest security measures at Salt Lake City airport.

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The video was purportedly shot Tuesday in a security line, but an airport official reported another Speedo protest was taking place Wednesday.

In the video, a Transportation Security Administration agent asks the student, "Sir, what are you doing?!"

"This is a safety precaution, man," the student replies. "Just making sure I don't have any trouble."

"Put your clothes back on!" an agent orders before the protester tries to explain that he plans to dress after exiting a metal detector.

"Put your clothes back on!" the agent repeats.

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The protester refuses and tells a TSA supervisor, "I looked on the TSA website and it didn't say anything about going through in a bathing suit."

Agents then try to coax the man to at least put on a shirt. The words "Screw Big Sis" were painted on his back.

"I will on the other side — is that cool?" he replies.

Agents finally give up and let the man remain in his bathing suit.

The student was identified only as Jimmy on the blog complaining of "ridiculous" screening procedures at U.S. airports. The footage was taken by a video camera filming from a security line conveyor belt.

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On Wednesday, a man in a swim suit, boots and cap was walking around a terminal, airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said.

He also spent time outside the terminal in frigid temperatures.

"He's being allowed to exercise his freedom of speech," Gann said. "That Speedo guy is definitely provocative."

The TSA saw no reason to take action.

"He's not a security threat," said TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird at the Salt Lake airport. "We would have no reason to detain him."

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Video: Despite tougher security, millions fly in stride

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    LESTER HOLT, anchor (Kabul, Afghanistan): want to begin back home with a Thanksgiving eve trip home that many feared would dissolve into chaos at the airport because of something called National Opt-Out Day . It was a plan for a protest against those new TSA screenings and pat downs, but so far tonight, looks like travelers have been more interested in getting where they're going than in making a point. NBC 's Tom Costello is at Washington's Reagan National Airport . Tom , what's it look like there?

    TOM COSTELLO reporting: Lester , good evening to you. The talk is whether, in fact, all of this concern about passenger outrage may have been more hype than reality, because behind me we have smooth sailing at this TSA checkpoint. Same thing at checkpoints across the country. Very few people opting out, and very little in the way of a slowdown at any checkpoint.

    Unidentified Woman #1: Your Fourth Amendment right.

    Unidentified Woman #2: You can opt out. You can say no.

    COSTELLO: Despite sporadic calls for passengers to take a stand against the TSA 's new procedures, travelers today seemed more interested in getting home for Thanksgiving .

    Unidentified Woman #3: Doing what I have to do to see the folks.

    Unidentified Man #1: People are really moving through pretty briskly.

    COSTELLO: The TSA reports checkpoint wait times across the country have been running below average...

    Unidentified Woman #4: Please be prepared to remove all jackets, coats, sweaters.

    COSTELLO: ...very few passengers opting out of the scanners. NBC correspondents have also have been watching the travel day.

    TIM MINTON reporting: I'm Tim Minton at LaGuardia Airport in New York , where the TSA says nobody's opted out of full-body scanning and there's been almost no wait at security all day.

    KRISTEN DAHLGREN reporting: I'm Kristen Dahlgren at Chicago's O'Hare Airport , where security lines are moving quickly and the TSA reports no signs of any protests. The bigger concern here may be the weather.

    MIGUEL ALMAGUER reporting: I'm Miguel Almaguer in Los Angeles , where the TSA says there were no major problems at LAX this afternoon. In fact, many passengers got through security in about five minutes.

    COSTELLO: On a cold morning in California , one traveler wore a bikini to avoid a scanner pat down.

    Unidentified Woman #5: I don't think there's many places to hide anything in a bikini.

    COSTELLO: While Bobby Burke and Monique Richards flew out of Chicago divided over the TSA .

    Mr. BOBBY BURKE: If they have to be a little bit more aggressive in their search, you know, to scan you, I don't mind it.

    COSTELLO: Monique , though, opted out in protest.

    Ms. MONIQUE RICHARDS: It's just too much. It's like you want to be safe, but you don't want your -- you don't want to feel violated.

    COSTELLO: While a Gallup poll found 71 percent of regular fliers believe any loss of privacy from the scans or pat downs is worth it, the former LAPD terrorism and intelligence chief says, ultimately, the focus has to shift.

    Mr. ERROLL SOUTHERS (Former Los Angeles Airport Homeland Security Official): We've got to get to know our traveling public. We've got to understand how to find the bomber instead of the bomb.

    COSTELLO: But today, the biggest travel problem has nothing to do with the TSA ; instead, it was a computer crash at Spirit Airlines . Spirit says that, in fact, its computers have been up and running since about noon. Minimal delays there. The FAA says tonight it has some delays because of wind in the New York area. But beyond that, Lester , systemwide, a very smooth day for traveling.

    HOLT: All right. Tom Costello tonight, thanks.

    LESTER HOLT, anchor (Kabul, Afghanistan): Millions more Americans are making their Thanksgiving journey by car. I want to show you a picture that's pretty typical of what's going on tonight. It's the New Jersey turnpike between New York City and Philadelphia . The AAA anticipates 94 percent of people traveling 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving will be doing so by car.

    LESTER HOLT, anchor (Kabul, Afghanistan): The weather is going to be a major factor, the upper Midwest and West on this Thanksgiving holiday. Here was the scene in Fargo , North Dakota , which got hit with heavy snow today and where more is expected tomorrow. Heavy

Photos: Thanksgiving travel

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  1. Travelers line up at Denver International Airport on the day before the Thanksgiving holiday in Denver, Nov. 24. Millions of Americans took to the skies on Wednesday for the start of the Thanksgiving holiday but air travel flowed smoothly despite protests over new security procedures, including calls for passengers to boycott high-tech body scanners. Over 160,000 people were expected to move through the airport on Wednesday. (Rick Wilking / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A TSA agent keeps a watchful eye on travelers moving through security lines at Pittsburgh International Airport, Nov. 24. (Jeff Swensen / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Protesters against the Transportation Security Administration's screening procedures stand outside Terminal Four of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 24. (Rick Scuteri / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Waiting is a snooze

    A man yawns as he waits in a security screening line November 24, 2010 at LaGuardia airport in the Queens borough of New York City. Experts expect over 1.6 million people to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, a 3.5% increase from last year. Airport officials are concerned that public protests against new security techniques such as National Opt-Out Day could further delay holiday travel. (Chris Hondros / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Pre-holiday arrivals

    Long lines of cars form Nov. 24 as people come to pick others at the Los Angeles International Airport. (Jae C. Hong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. On the way to grandma's

    Six-month-old Dahlia Louise Abelin is held by her mother Suzanne Ehlers, 37, of Washington, as they board the baby's first train for her first Thanksgiving at Grandma's, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, on a New York City bound Amtrak train at Union Station in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Getting the TSA pat-down

    A Transportation Security Administration officer searches a wheel-chair bound traveler wearing a burqa at a security security check point on Nov. 24 at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. (Craig Lassig / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Security awaits

    Travelers wait to get through a security checkpoint Nov. 24 at Boston's Logan International Airport. (Michael Dwyer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A sign of protest

    A protester, right, demonstrating against the Transportation Security Administration's latest security procedures, gets questioned by a Washington Airports Authority officer, second right, and other officials on Nov. 24 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington. The sign reads "Tyrants Sexually Assaulting Americans." (Jason Reed / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Showing skin to make a point

    This image from on a blog shows the back of a man who protested against the enhanced TSA pat-downs Nov. 24 at the Salt Lake City airport. The man wore an Speedo-style bathing suit to avoid a pat-down. ( Back to slideshow navigation
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