TSA to Investigate Heroic Body Scan Resister

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


In post-9/11 America, if you plan to fly, you’re faced with two unsavory choices:

1. submit to a high-radiation, full body scan that displays your genitals to an unseen, unnamed TSA agent or,
2. agree to be groped session by a $7-an hour TSA agent

No one knows this more than John Tyner (pictured above) of Oceanside, CA. Tyner attempted to board a flight to South Dakota on Saturday when he refused to submit to a full body scan.

Tyner was informed that he would be subjected to an invasive body search. He told the TSA agent, “You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.” He likened the proposed search procedure to a “sexual assault.” When he tried to assert his rights, Tyner was told by a TSA supervisor on tape, “By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights.” In the end, airport security escorted Tyner out of the airport, after American Airlines refunded his ticket.

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.

But the Transportation Security Administration, under the aegis of Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security, has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner. deciding to make an example of John Tyner who may face $10,000 or more in fines.

Bottomline: if you must take a flight, be prepared to give up even more personal rights and freedoms or, just drive to your destination and avoid the aggravation.

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23 Responses to TSA to Investigate Heroic Body Scan Resister

  1. Idaho Librul says:

    I want to go back to Hawaii. We haven’t been in about 10 years and the prices of tour packages are low right now.

    But all of this invasive airport security just turns me off to travel. Once again, the American people are the bad guys in the eyes of our idiot government and we’re guilty until proven innocent. The TSA has a terrible job to do but I remain convinced they don’t have to feel passengers up and they sure as hell have no right to take pictures of our private parts.

    I Hawaii will just remain out of reach until the TSA gets their shit together.

  2. MichaelTAtheist says:

    You know…… it’s the time of the Hadje, a very good time to launch a Nuke at Mecca! That might help with Airport security…….

  3. Brigadoon says:

    John Tyner is adorable. I can just see a bunch of board-out-of-their-minds TSA agents gathered around the body scanner to see him nekkid. In fact, I bet they were knocking each other down for the opportunity to feel him up when he refused the full body scan. Apparently, airport security has become a live porn show and the flying public is the unwilling stars of the production. No thanks. I’ll drive wherever I need to go.

  4. VicoDANIEL says:

    Love the new blog! It’s a great design and very fresh.

    About the TSA. I recognize the need for security but the full-body scan goes too far and I think it’s a violation of the law. I mean think about. They’re going to full-body scan kids? This is a pedophile’s dream job and frankly, it creeps me out.

    The last time I flew, it was the wand over and around my body. If they had tried to grope me, I can’t be certain I wouldn’t have punched the TSA agent in the face. My personal space is just that — personal.

    There needs to be a superior way to achieve airport security and it isn’t working as is.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  5. Matteo says:

    I’m not as understanding as VicoDANIEL.

    Here’s what FOX’s Sheppard Smith had to say about the TSA feeling him up:

    “The fact of the matter is, since the attacks of 9/11, as we have been screened and re-screened, and lighters have been taken, and shoes have been taken off, belts have been put over there, hats have come off, they have found a grand total of zero parts or pieces of any bomb anywhere domestically in the United States since the attacks of 9/11. Who’s the fool who tries to get on a plane with a bomb? You touch my junk, and I’m going to file a lawsuit against you.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/smith-tsa-touch-junk-sue/

    The TSA and Homeland Security is out of control. It has to stop. They’re groping Nuns, children and elderly Americans. We’re NOT the terrorists.

  6. R.J. Lawson says:

    I’m so glad I drive wherever I need to go.

  7. Stephan Iversonn says:

    Current TSA/Homeland Security policy is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution.

    The 4th Amendment reads:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    If flying now requires we hand over our Constitutionally guaranteed rights, then I believe the American people should no longer fly. It’s really that simple. For business, this means the use of video conference calls. For vacationers, it means driving, taking a boat or a train. Let the airline industry suffer until the current TSA/Homeland Security policy is changed.

    I refuse to be X-Ray’d or groped. This is a matter of principle.

  8. Harry says:

    Another epic failure from the Obama administration. Can 2012 get here soon enough?

  9. okjimm says:

    I can’t afford a plane ticket…. so it’s all moot…… but then, soon enough… we could have pull-overs and full body scans on our local freeways. Just to insure safety.

  10. DMason says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the American people aren’t responsible for the 9/11 attacks.I agree with Stephan Iversonn. The current TSA screening procedure is a violation of our 4th Amendment rights. What’s next? Cameras in the bedroom? If the American people don’t wake up the Constitution will be completely shredded. I hope John Tyner sues TSA, Homeland Security and Janet Napolitano.

  11. Walk on Socks says:

    Security data for U.S. citizens can easily be attached to drivers licenses. It’s called a chip and chips now routinely appear in U.S. issued passports.

    For foreigners traveling on American carriers, the State Department already tracks and maintains databases for men and women deemed security risks.

    None of this is solving Warp drive. Yet, the Obama administration and his team of hapless fools like Janet Napolitano, would prefer to go the easy and the sloppiest way and alienate the American traveler at a time when a decrease in airline traffic could negatively impact an already shaky economy.

    Maybe the next president will get it. All I know is Obama is completely hopeless.

  12. Walk on Socks says:

    BTW, I love the new Blog! It looks amazing, Christopher.🙂

  13. retahyajyajav says:

    The old, magnetic scanners worked fine, thank you very much.

    What our idiot government needs to do is check the baggage and freight in the belly of the jets. They still don’t scan air freight and this represents a far greater threat to this nation than a terrorist.

  14. Captain John de Leon says:

    The way I see it, you can either buy into Janet Napolitano’s Homeland Security position that all U.S. citizens are potential threats to the Homeland and they are guilty until proven innocent (the ancient Roman legal position) or, you can side with the professional, and reasoned position of the U.S. Airline Pilots, who adamantly oppose the invasive, full body scans and unconstitutional hands-on body pat downs.

    Please read this:

    Fellow Pilots,

    The TSA’s rapid deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening machines, followed by the new Enhanced Pat-Down procedures, have caused turmoil for airline pilots and the traveling public alike. These changes are far reaching, intrusive and have been implemented almost overnight, leaving little time for groups who are adversely affected to form a response.

    On October 21, USAPA’s Security Committee issued an update on the new AIT scanners and outlined our options for dealing with the new rules. Since that time several pilots and flight attendants have encountered problems with TSOs and their implementation of the rules. One US Airways pilot, after being selected for an enhanced pat-down, experienced a frisking that has left him unable to function as a crewmember. The words this pilot used to describe the incident included “sexual molestation,” and in the aftermath of trying to recover, this pilot reported that he had literally vomited in his own driveway while contemplating going back to work and facing the possibility of a similar encounter with the TSA. This is a very serious situation, and it represents a crossroads for all U.S. airline pilots.

    More here:

    http://usairlinepilots.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7709

  15. Rachel says:

    Another important topic and excellent, intelligent comments. I have zero interest in having to go through all the nonsense at the airport so I just drive. It’s peaceful and I don’t have to take a mega dose of radiation in a body scan. Our nation is a mess.

  16. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    What is the TSA going to search next?

    Bend over and part your butt cheeks cuz’ the TSA freaks will be looking up your rectum for explosives.

    You just wait and see, boys and girls. The TSA agents will be spending a lot of time on women with big breasts and guys with big peckers. US airports are the new, government porno pads for swingers on the Federal payroll.

  17. Vivzzz says:

    I agree with Brigadoon. A boyish-looking passenger like John Tyner is precisely who these TSA thugs want to grope. Touching his “junk” is compensation for low wages and lots of stress dealing with difficult passengers. I would like to go back to Brazil for a visit but, the thought of airport security makes me nauseous and I refuse to subject myself to it.

  18. Dmitris says:

    If a TSA agent tried to reach into my pants and touch my manhood I am 100% sure I would kick his ass. No one gets to do that save my partner and my doctor. This is a violation of our privacy and unacceptable. Leave it to freak-a-zoid Janet Napolitano to devise such a shitty screening method.

  19. mauigirl says:

    I haven’t flown for about 3 years and I sure as hell don’t feel like flying now what with all this absurd security. It was bad enough when they wouldn’t let us take liquids over 3 oz. as if you couldn’t mix together two 3 oz. containers to make nitroglycerin. Half these rules don’t even make sense.

    Why not just use bomb sniffing dogs instead of this stuff. A lot less invasive.

  20. As usual, some of the best comments in the blogoshere!

    Thanks to everyone for making From the Left a dynamic and intelligent place to visit and comment. I am so appreciative of everyone here.

    I am appalled by the increased attack the police state on our civil rights and civil liberties all in the name of “terrorism.” Passenger screening is far less invasive in the EU and the EU has fewer incidents. The TSA is accountable to no one and their reach (into our pants) must stop.

  21. Adirondacky says:

    Like Christopher said, great comments all. I don’t understand the TSA’s aggressive screening procedures. We’re a decade into the first decade of the 21st century and you mean to tell me passenger screening — necessary in my opinion, can’t be carried out using technology? I mean, nuking passengers with radiation or groping passengers is the only way to make air travel safe? Sorry, but I don’t believe it.

  22. fran says:

    I have been there & done that since I recently flew to the Midwest & back to the West coast in early November. I had a total knee replacement, so my titanium knee sets off the metal detector every time.
    I did not so much care about the scan or pat down… really not all that big of a deal- my complaint was you have to put your stuff on the conveyor belt & then they send you to “Area B”… all your stuff- in my case laptop, carry on, purse, shoes & bag of 3 oz liquids, rolled on down the line while I was physically sent a few rows over.
    Lucky for me I was traveling w my husband & he gathered up all the stuff. But in a place like O’Hare international…. someone cold grab a laptop, purse or wallet from it & be gone instantly. I was x rayed in Chicago, and patted down in Ohio.
    I did a post about flying & these new searches…

    http://ramblings-fran.blogspot.com/2010/11/airport-security-21st-century-flight.html

    Flying sucks. Crowded airports. People carrying on too much as carry ons because of baggage fees. Cramped seats. Baggage fees.
    All that for high prices. I guess I was already subjected to the wand method & the daVinci pose…
    but with people bringing on plastic explosives, they have to screen for it.

    But I have to wonder…. with all this airport scrutiny… are they doing anything about train security???

    Probably not.

  23. fran says:

    I’m not convinced John Tyner is “heroic”. He knew of the new airport security measures. If his “junk” got blown up with plastics explosives someone carried on to a plane, that would be more of a big deal.

    So did he have to drive his junk from South Dakota back to Oceanside California?

    His ass is probably on the nationwide No Fly list now.

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