The guy who refused to be groped by TSA agents in an airport, who famously said “Touch my junk and I’ll have you arrested,” is now under investigation by the TSA. Is this really a wise use of taxpayer dollars?
The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.
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.
Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000.
TSA agents had told Tyner on Saturday that he could be fined up to $10,000.
“That’s the old fine,” Aguilar said. “It has been increased.”
To everyone who says we should all submit to these gropings because it’s for our own good and safety, note this:
Aguilar said the aggressive body search is not designed as an inducement for passengers to opt into the full body scan. Aguilar said that since the resolution pat-downs began, there have been only four in San Diego.
And even though there are 10 full-body scanners stationed throughout San Diego’s airport, it is rare to see more than one in operation in a security area. The TSA staff does not yet have enough trained people to operate them, Aguilar said.
Only about 4 percent of San Diego’s passengers undergo the full body scan at this point, Aguilar said.
Not everybody has to go through this. Apparently, it’s random. So you or I can stand there getting felt up by some TSA agent while a guy chanting “Allah Akhbar” is waltzes past security. It’s insane. In fact, it’s so insane that Janet Napolitano has not ruled out exempting Muslim women from going through the security procedures.
In related news: A man reported wearing baggy pants to the airport, and the TSA agent actually put his hands down the guy’s pants!
As I write this, Judge Andrew Napolitano is speaking to Neil Cavuto about this blatant violation of the Constitution. He’s telling the story of a man who had his pants unzipped and opened by a TSA agents right out in front of everyone.
Update: Please read the Washington Times op-ed on this issue. I agree completely. All of this is completely unnecessary. But the folks running the federal government would rather have their hands down our pants than use a little common sense. What an outrage!