To TSA: If You Touch My Junk, I’ll Have You Arrested

John Kliner went to San Diego airport in California and had a less than fun encounter with TSA. He was in the security line to board his American Airlines flight to visit family when he was pulled aside. John was being told he had to submit himself to a full body scanner called a “backscatter” machine. He had read about the dangers of these machines to your health and was not aware that they would be installed in this particular airport before arriving.

So when John was told to step into the scanner he refused and then was immediately subjected to a full body search by the TSA. Before the search he was instructed that he would be touched in certain areas and he told them this:

If You Touch My Junk, I’ll Have You Arrested

Upon that statement, the TSA official said that he would have to get his manager involved now. The situation only got worse from there, John began to say that he felt the search would be more like sexual assault because of where they were going to touch him but the TSA disagreed. The altercation between him and the TSA began to escalate to where he was asked to leave the airport and was going to be brought to civil court with a $10,000 fine. However at no time did the TSA offer him the right to go through the regular metal detector or be wanded. Many times John told them he would submit to the regular security checks just not the dangerous scanner.

Here is an excerpt from the TSA security regulations that makes them feel this search is justified:

New subsection 114(v) of title 49 U.S. Code authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to impose civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation of any surface transportation requirement under title 49 of the U.S. Code or any requirement related to transportation worker identification credentials under 46 U.S.C. chapter 701. TSA exercises this function under delegated authority from the Secretary.

The entire story is included in the source link below, it is a very good read and I suggest you read it. The entire ordeal was recorded on his iPhone and I have included an excerpt of the conversation below, enjoy. Props to John for standing up for what he believes in.

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