(Video) John Tyner Refuses TSA Groping At Southern California Airport, Is Turned Away From Flight
TSA gets all up in your T 'n' A -- officially so.
Almost 10 years after 9/11, you get the feeling Americans are getting sick of airport security measures. We reported Monday morning about the L.A. "food stylist" who was kicked off a weekend flight as a result of his "ATOM BOMB" tattoos.
Now comes word that another man, John Tyner, was turned away from a Southern California flight Saturday after he refused the full-Monty groping of U.S. Transportation Security Administration goons.
Money quote follows, from Tyner's own recap of the fun at his blog:
... Before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, "if you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested." 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. I believe that I was then informed that if I did not submit to the inspection, I would not be getting on my flight.
Suffice to say, the Oceanside software programmer didn't get on his plane.
And the incident only gets more infuriating as Tyner is nearly escorted from Lindbergh Field, as San Diego International is known to locals, by TSA officials and a cop, only to be told that he can't leave the security area (which he already left, via law-enforcement escort) until he submits to the groping, according to the man's account.
A TSA official tells him if he leaves he'll be subject to a $10,000 civil suit, Tyner writes. He asks if all those folks who escorted him from the security area would be sued too. (They'd be dealt with, the official said).
Eventually Tyner walked away with the threat of a suit over his head.
Meanwhile WorldNetDaily has announced that you can send form letters protesting the new pat downs to the TSA, to every member of the house and senate, to President Obama and to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"You would think these people in Washington didn't notice the election results this month," said Joseph Farah, editor of the site. "Well, maybe they need a reminder that the people are not resting on their laurels and will not accept being treated like cattle before they get on an airplane."
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