Â John Tyner, a San Diego resident, refused to submit to a full-body scan this past weekend. Tyner, 31, was to leave Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego, California on Saturday morning. Unbeknownst to Tyner, a change of plans was about to occur.
WhenÂ a TSA agent directed Tyner towards one of the recently installed body scanners,Â a dispute started to take place. Surprisingly, Tyner turned on his cell phoneâ€™s video camera and was able to capture audio of most of the incident.
Tynerâ€™s cell phone recorded him refusing the controversial full-body scan, and instead opting for the traditional metal scanner and pat down. After the pat down,Â a TSA security guard informed Tyner that he was to submit to a â€œgroin checkâ€. Tyner then stated, "You touch my junk and I'm going to have you arrested."
Â According to San Diego Union-Tribune,Â a supervisor is heard discussing the groin check with Tyner and stated, "If you're not comfortable with that, we can escort you back out and you don't have to fly today.â€ Tynerâ€™s response was, "OK, I don't understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying.â€
The supervisor then stated, "This is not considered a sexual assault." Tynerâ€™s response to that was, â€œIt would be if you were not the government." Shockingly, the supervisor then stated, â€œBy buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights." Wow, can you believe that she had the audacity toÂ say such a thing?Â Tyner then stated, â€œI think the government took them away after 9/11.â€
Before Tyner was able to leave, he was again surrounded by TSA employess who stated that he could not leave the security area. Tyner was then told by a TSA agent that if he left he would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine.
Apparently, Tyner wrote about his whole ordeal on his personalÂ blog,which can be viewed here. He also uploaded audio files to YouTube, which quickly gained a substantial amount of views. The highly controversial full-body scans have been subject to debate by pilots, travelers, and supporters of the United States Constitution. There are some who oppose the body scans, and then there are those who are in favor of them. Which are you?