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.