John Tyner Refuses TSA Body Scanner, Patdown, Faces Fine, video
"If You Touch My Junk I Will Have You Arrested,"John Tyner Refuses TSA Body Scanner And Pat-down At San Diego Airpot, (Video)
San Diego resident John Tyner says he could be facing a $10,000 fine, and civil lawsuit from after he refused a body scanner at SAN aiport and after he asked the subsequent pat-down to stop, saying to the TSA agent (caught on video) "If you touch my junk I will have you arrested).
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John Tyner recorded much of the incident and posted it about it on his blog. John Tyner story provides a good sense of the TSA security process from what happens after one refuses a body scan and then what happens when one refuses a pat-down.
After he refused to be "groped" things went downhill from there for John Tyner...
He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment.
We both stood there for no more than probably two minutes before a female TSA agent (apparently, the supervisor) arrived. She described to me that because I had opted out of the backscatter screening, I would now be patted down, and that involved running hands up the inside of my legs until they felt my groin. I stated that I would not allow myself to be subject to a molestation as a condition of getting on my flight. The supervisor informed me that it was a standard administrative security check and that they were authorized to do it. I repeated that I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal."
Besides, TSA officials, airport security, one police officer was involved, and of course American Airlines which ultimately refunded the cost of the plane ticket.
So now John Tyner figures he is free to leave but wait it does not end there, airport officials still wanted John Tyner to be screened even though he was not getting on the plane.
I began to make my way to the stairs to exit the airport, when I was approached by another man in slacks and a sport coat. He was accompanied by the officer that had escorted me to the ticketing area and Mr. Silva. He informed me that I could not leave the airport. He said that once I start the screening in the secure area, I could not leave until it was completed. Having left the area, he stated, I would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine. I asked him if he was also going to fine the 6 TSA agents and the local police officer who escorted me from the secure area. After all, I did exactly what I was told. He said that they didn't know the rules, and that he would deal with them later.
John Tyner was left to stew until airport officials mulled over his fate. The conversation continued with officials asking for his name - Tyner replied they have a full report with all his information.
I reminded him that he was now illegally detaining me and that I would not be subject to screening as a condition of leaving the airport. He told me that he was only trying to help (I should note that his demeanor never suggested that he was trying to help. I was clearly being interrogated.), and that no one was forcing me to stay. I asked if tried to leave if he would have the officer arrest me. He again said that no one was forcing me to stay. I looked him in the eye, and said, "then I'm leaving". He replied, "then we'll bring a civil suit against you", to which I said, "you bring that suit" and walked out of the airport.
Reports of incidents at airport screening areas seem to be cropping up as the TSA rolls out its full body scanners, and if that is declined the more aggressive full body pat-downs.
At least two civil liberty organizations have are collecting TSA airport security incident reports. The ACLU has a airport screening watch list as does EPIC (the Electronics Privacy Information Center).