San Diego, CA – Refusal of Calif Airport Screening Is Internet Hit

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    San Diego, CA – A man who refused a body scan and pat-down search at a San Diego airport has become an Internet sensation in the debate weighing fliers’ security versus their privacy.

    John Tyner posted a cell phone audio recording of his half-hour encounter Saturday at Lindbergh Field.

    The software engineer couldn’t board a flight after refusing a full-body scan that reveals an image of what’s under his clothes. He also wouldn’t allow a Transportation Security Administration worker to conduct a groin check. Tyner tells the worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”

    Tyner’s blog says he left the airport — but only after being threatened with a lawsuit and fine for failing to complete security screening.

    A TSA statement Sunday said body scans and pat-downs make flying safer.

    John Tyner’s blog account: http://johnnyedge.blogspot.com/2010/11/these-events-took-place-roughly-between.html

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    14 COMMENTS

    1. I would like the airports to offer up more options for being frisked. The body scan is not good enough, it is not modest. I don’t need a same sex person, who might be irreligious, and gay, feeling me up should I opt for the other option. Why do people have to be felt in a public area? My other issue, isn’t it pornography that your 13 daughter, 13 year old son is having a grown man/ grown woman, who isn’t a doctor view their body on a computer! Why is everyone okay with this? I think Rabbis need to speak up! Here is what they are basically say, either have your children viewed through a scanner or be violated in their private region as 13 year old – 17 years old.

    2. I disagree with John Tyner for his actions because he should have checked out the TSA rules for flying. The airport security personnel are not to blame.
      However, I think in this case the TSA went too far. Who are we fooling? If someone is willing to blow himself up he will find a way to get a bomb on the plane. A full-body scan won’t help.
      America has to learn from Israel. I know that racial profiling will never happen in liberal america but there are other ideas to learn, such as having people answer questions and talking to them. If a person’s responses seem suspicious, or if he is on a list of suspected terrorists, he should have to go through tighter security.

    3. I don’t want to be x-rayed, but, I also don’t want some stranger touching me all over. Theoretically a bomber could swallow a bomb and that wouldn’t be able to be felt by patting down so only an x-ray might help, but, most people aren’t bombers so I think racial profiling is the only way to screen people safely and modestly.

    4. The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports.

      It’s an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person. They see this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It also would eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial. Justice would be swift. Case closed!

      You’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system .

      “Attention standby passengers — we now have a seat available on flight Number 6709. Shalom!”

    5. Is 9/11 such ancient history? The first time something bad happens at an airport all of those who object the loudest will be screaming how this happened. The calls for racial profiling notwithstanding, people just might change their appearance before going to the airport. Perhaps even looking like a yid.

    6. In Fort Lauderdale recently, I was asked to put all my change, my keys, my cell phone, my shoes, my belt, and my chewing gum in a box before I went through a magnetometer to see if I had any metal on my body. Am I the only one in the world whose pants fall down to the ground when I remove my belt? After all, what are belts for, to hold up your pants, right? When I got to the other side of the magnetometer, I asked one of the TSA people why I had to remove my chewing gum. He replied that chewing gum is wrapped in metal foil, and that would set off the signal,. I showed him my gum, a kosher brand, that comes in pellets, and has no foil. But what do they care, as long as they follow the rules?! I think that Fruit of the Loom and Must chewing gum owe me some compensation for giving them free advertising.

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