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San Diego, CA - Refusal of Calif Airport Screening Is Internet Hit

Published on: November 15, 2010 04:45 PM
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San Diego, CA - A man who refused a body scan and pat-down search at a San Diego airport has become an Internet sensation in the debate weighing fliers’ security versus their privacy.

John Tyner posted a cell phone audio recording of his half-hour encounter Saturday at Lindbergh Field.

The software engineer couldn’t board a flight after refusing a full-body scan that reveals an image of what’s under his clothes. He also wouldn’t allow a Transportation Security Administration worker to conduct a groin check. Tyner tells the worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”

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Tyner’s blog says he left the airport — but only after being threatened with a lawsuit and fine for failing to complete security screening.

A TSA statement Sunday said body scans and pat-downs make flying safer.

John Tyner’s blog account: http://johnnyedge.blogspot.com/2010/11/these-events-took-place-roughly-between.html 



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 Nov 15, 2010 at 05:28 PM Anonymous Says:

I would like the airports to offer up more options for being frisked. The body scan is not good enough, it is not modest. I don't need a same sex person, who might be irreligious, and gay, feeling me up should I opt for the other option. Why do people have to be felt in a public area? My other issue, isn't it pornography that your 13 daughter, 13 year old son is having a grown man/ grown woman, who isn't a doctor view their body on a computer! Why is everyone okay with this? I think Rabbis need to speak up! Here is what they are basically say, either have your children viewed through a scanner or be violated in their private region as 13 year old - 17 years old.

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 05:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Allegedly this machine has hazardous x rays. Are pregnant women being protected from walking through a machine that can harm their baby???

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 05:57 PM Fed up Says:

I disagree with John Tyner for his actions because he should have checked out the TSA rules for flying. The airport security personnel are not to blame.
However, I think in this case the TSA went too far. Who are we fooling? If someone is willing to blow himself up he will find a way to get a bomb on the plane. A full-body scan won't help.
America has to learn from Israel. I know that racial profiling will never happen in liberal america but there are other ideas to learn, such as having people answer questions and talking to them. If a person's responses seem suspicious, or if he is on a list of suspected terrorists, he should have to go through tighter security.

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 06:15 PM sechelhayoshor Says:

They can't really see any body parts. They see the outline but its not as if its a color picture etc.(That may come in the future).

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 07:08 PM KevinTheMevin Says:

There is no way i would go through one of those machines, because of radiation and because of privacy.

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 07:22 PM harvey Says:

Ok, people. Come on

these security ppl see these images handreds of times a day; theyre really not interested in your body.

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 08:37 PM hmmmm Says:

This guy is a super sick nutcase. We live in a dangerous world , would you rather they blow up the plane? Or protect your privacy?! Get a life !!

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 08:37 PM basmelech Says:

I don't want to be x-rayed, but, I also don't want some stranger touching me all over. Theoretically a bomber could swallow a bomb and that wouldn't be able to be felt by patting down so only an x-ray might help, but, most people aren't bombers so I think racial profiling is the only way to screen people safely and modestly.

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 Nov 15, 2010 at 10:20 PM HesderGuy Says:

The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports.

It’s an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person. They see this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It also would eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial. Justice would be swift. Case closed!

You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system .

"Attention standby passengers — we now have a seat available on flight Number 6709. Shalom!"

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 Nov 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM clear-thinker Says:

Is 9/11 such ancient history? The first time something bad happens at an airport all of those who object the loudest will be screaming how this happened. The calls for racial profiling notwithstanding, people just might change their appearance before going to the airport. Perhaps even looking like a yid.

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 Nov 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM BinderDundat Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I would like the airports to offer up more options for being frisked. The body scan is not good enough, it is not modest. I don't need a same sex person, who might be irreligious, and gay, feeling me up should I opt for the other option. Why do people have to be felt in a public area? My other issue, isn't it pornography that your 13 daughter, 13 year old son is having a grown man/ grown woman, who isn't a doctor view their body on a computer! Why is everyone okay with this? I think Rabbis need to speak up! Here is what they are basically say, either have your children viewed through a scanner or be violated in their private region as 13 year old - 17 years old.

you think "rabbis" need to speak up?? are you that stupid? what do rabbis have to do with this? you know, there is a world outside of fakewood.

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 Nov 16, 2010 at 02:00 PM ALLAN Says:

Reply to #10  
clear-thinker Says:

Is 9/11 such ancient history? The first time something bad happens at an airport all of those who object the loudest will be screaming how this happened. The calls for racial profiling notwithstanding, people just might change their appearance before going to the airport. Perhaps even looking like a yid.

Security and safety are the number one priority...this fellow is just looking for his 15 minutes of fame.

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 Nov 16, 2010 at 03:09 PM Smokey Says:

In Fort Lauderdale recently, I was asked to put all my change, my keys, my cell phone, my shoes, my belt, and my chewing gum in a box before I went through a magnetometer to see if I had any metal on my body. Am I the only one in the world whose pants fall down to the ground when I remove my belt? After all, what are belts for, to hold up your pants, right? When I got to the other side of the magnetometer, I asked one of the TSA people why I had to remove my chewing gum. He replied that chewing gum is wrapped in metal foil, and that would set off the signal,. I showed him my gum, a kosher brand, that comes in pellets, and has no foil. But what do they care, as long as they follow the rules?! I think that Fruit of the Loom and Must chewing gum owe me some compensation for giving them free advertising.

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 Nov 16, 2010 at 08:00 PM ALLAN Says:

Reply to #13  
Smokey Says:

In Fort Lauderdale recently, I was asked to put all my change, my keys, my cell phone, my shoes, my belt, and my chewing gum in a box before I went through a magnetometer to see if I had any metal on my body. Am I the only one in the world whose pants fall down to the ground when I remove my belt? After all, what are belts for, to hold up your pants, right? When I got to the other side of the magnetometer, I asked one of the TSA people why I had to remove my chewing gum. He replied that chewing gum is wrapped in metal foil, and that would set off the signal,. I showed him my gum, a kosher brand, that comes in pellets, and has no foil. But what do they care, as long as they follow the rules?! I think that Fruit of the Loom and Must chewing gum owe me some compensation for giving them free advertising.

Great story....you should send it on to both companies, LOL

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