Monday, November 15, 2010

Man ejected from airport for refusing to let TSA “touch his junk”

SignOn San Diego:  — John Tyner won't be pheasant hunting in South Dakota with his father-in-law any time soon.
Tyner was simultaneously thrown out of San Diego International Airport on Saturday morning for refusing to submit to a security check and threatened with a civil suit and $10,000 fine if he left.
And he got the whole thing on his cell phone. Well, the audio at least.
The 31-year-old Oceanside software programmer was supposed to leave from Lindbergh Field on Saturday morning and until a TSA agent directed him toward one of the recently installed full-body scanners, Tyner seemed to be on his way.
Tyner balked.
He’d been reading about the scanners and didn’t like them for a number of reasons, ranging from health concerns to “a huge invasion of privacy.” He’d even checked the TSA website which indicated that San Diego did not have the machines, he said in a phone interview Saturday night.
“I was surprised to see them,” said Tyner.
He also did something that may seem odd to some, manipulative to others but fortuitous to plenty of others for whom Tyner is becoming something of a folk hero: Tyner turned on his cell phone’s video camera and placed it atop the luggage he sent through the x-ray machine.
He may not be the first traveler tossed from an airport for security reasons but he could well be the first to have the whole experience captured on his cell phone.
During the next half-hour, his cell phone recorded Tyner refusing to submit to a full body scan, opting for the traditional metal scanner and a basic “pat down” — and then refusing to submit to a “groin check” by a TSA security guard.
He even told the guard, “You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.”
I have to applaud this guy.  The whole airport security thing has gotten completely out of control.  Two months ago I was hired to do a three day photo shoot at La Guardia Airport.  I had to submit identification 48 hours in advance (for each of the three days too).  Despite that, I had still had to stand in line, remove my shoes, go through regular x-ray machines and hand scanners.  Over the course of the three days I submitted to the security check five times! Just imagine how much fun that was with three crates of photo equipment! On the final check, I slipped in my socked feet and pulled a muscle in my lower back.  It was only through the Grace of God, I did not let out the string of curse words that was on the tip of my tongue.  

To me the whole screening process seems to be on automatic pilot.  The TSA workers did not seem to be actively screening people but rather just processing them by rote. There simply has to be a more efficient and effective way to do this.

It seems like people are starting to revolt to the whole process.  TSA Opt-Out day is set for November 24th!


LL said...

I blogged on a different incident the other day:

The whole airport security thing needs a dose of common sense.

Jim McKee said...

Two things:

First, they don't have very high standards for who they hire as TSA screeners. This is because they don't want to pay them decently, so basically, if you have a pulse, you're qualified.

Second, they're not allowed to profile. Profiling has gotten a bad rap because some people have abused it, but really, all it means is prediction of future actions based on historical data. If 99% of terrorists have been 20- and 30-something males from the Middle East, then it's not likely that a Swedish grandmother will be blowing up a plane. This is NOT to say that ALL Middle Eastern males are terrorists (nor to absolve all Swedish grandmothers); but it does indicate what is MOST LIKELY to happen, and where our resources are best focused.

OBIT2010 said...

Go to You Tube to a Channel called A World of Exposure and you will find a video by Larry Murphy in which he talks about this issue of TSA and thier abuses with air port passengers.

Gorges Smythe said...

It's about time people start revolting against the process. They harass little kids and old ladies, but ragheads still get through with explosives in their shoes and underwear. What's the point?

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