This sounds an awful lot like payback for posting that viral video.
Sign On San Diego: The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.
Tyner recorded the half-hour long encounter on his cell phone and later posted it to his personal blog, along with an extensive account of the incident. The blog went viral, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers and thousands of comments.
Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000. […]
In the end, security escorted Tyner out of the airport, after American Airlines refunded his ticket.
According to Aguilar, Tyner is under investigation for leaving the security area without permission. That’s prohibited, among other reasons, to prevent potential terrorists from entering security, gaining information, and leaving.[MORE]
Tyner was given a choice, submit to a search he found offensive or not fly. He chose the latter and now they are going to investigate him for making that choice? I don’t understand how he could have left without permission when he was escorted out by security. I think TSA is looking to make an example out of Tyner so that no one else thinks to stand up for themselves. The whole thing reeks of Big Brother throwing its weight around.
I must say, the left was correct on this issue. You will recall back in the days shortly after 9/11 many on the left squawked about trading rights for higher security. Meanwhile many of us on the right were willing to make the trade. Ten years later as TSA starts to push its weight around, we are starting to see the light. Perhaps now that the left and right are on the same page, we can come together to demand the effective security we all deserve.
Via: Sign On San Diego