Passenger Records Refusal for TSA Pat-Down
John Tyner of Oceanside said he arrived at the airport around 6 a.m. and stood in line for the metal detector at the security checkpoint. Because no one was in the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machine, Tyner said he was pulled out of the metal detector line for the new machine that scans a passenger’s body image. Once he opted out of the AIT machine, Tyner said TSA agents told him he must submit to the pat-down.
He says he wasn’t comfortable with the procedure that he compared to a sexual assault.
On the video, an agent can be heard explaining the new procedure.
“Someone is going to pat you down, and they will be raising their hand up your inner thigh until they reach the bottom of your torso. If you’re not comfortable with that, we can escort you out and you don’t have to fly today,” the agent said to Tyner.
Tyner questioned the procedure, “I don’t understand how a sexual assault be made a condition of my flying.”
“It’s not considered a sexual assault,” the TSA agent said.
“It would be if you weren’t the government,” Tyner told her.
Tyner refused to fly and when he tried to leave says he was threatened with legal action from a TSA supervisor.
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