“I don’t understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying”

Passenger Records Refusal for TSA Pat-Down

Passenger Records Refusal for TSA Pat-Down

An Oceanside man recorded a confrontation he had with an agent at Lindbergh Field on Saturday regarding the TSA’s new enhanced pat-down searches at airports.

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.

Click here for story and news footage: TSA Pat-Down Like Sexual Assault: Passenger | NBC San Diego

1 comment for ““I don’t understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying”

  1. Matt
    November 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I understand that since 9/11, we have had to forfeit certain rights to privacy and civil liberties in the name of National Security. I have no problem submitting to these forfietures so long as they are within reason.
    However, these AIT machines are scary. The depth and the detail in which they produce in their imaging, we may as well go thru a strip search! And the alternative, agressive physical pat-downs? I have to agree that the TSA is coming dangerously close to ‘sexual assault’.
    I have had ‘pat-down’ experiences while traveling. Once in Chicago-Ohare, my girlfriend was flagged for a pat-down. A big fat black woman did the pat-down, all the while she was looking at me saying ‘You like that, don’t you, uh-huh, admit it!’ I was shocked!
    Another time they searched my checked bag, removing carefully packed souveniers, un-wrapping them, and then hap-hazardly putting them back in another pocket of the bag, where they promptly got smashed to bits because they were outside of the padding they were packed in…

    It seems that more and more, that TSA is thumbing their noses at us as if to say ‘F-You! We have the power, and you can do nothing about it!’

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