John Tyner, a 31-year-old man from San Diego, decided he’d rather leave the airport than subject himself to a full body scan or a thorough pat down from TSA officials. When he left the security area, a TSA official threatened to file a civil suit and give Tyner a $10,000 fine.
According to the San Diego Tribune, Tyner was wary of fully body scanners for both health and privacy issues. He checked San Diego’s Lindbergh Field website before flying, and was informed that the airport did not have full body scanners. When he got to the airport, however, he was asked to go through one of the body scanners.
Tyner refused. He was then asked to go through a pat down, which would involve a “groin check,” to which Tyner responded, “you touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.”
Various officials got involved, telling Tyner that he had to choose between the scanner and the pat down. Tyner decided that he would leave the airport instead.
Tyner got a refund for his ticket, but was told that he would be “subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine” if he left the airport. Tyner left anyway.
Tyner posted about the incident on his blog. He also posted a video on youtube.
Yahoo reports that Tyner does not know if the TSA will follow through with the civil suit or the fine. Tyner also said that he wasn’t “that concerned” about being placed on the no fly list.
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