Passenger objected to full-body X-ray and 'pat-down'
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|Tue, 11-16-2010 - 10:20am|
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An airline passenger was thrown out of San Diego International Airport and threatened with a $10,000 fine after refusing to submit to invasive security checks.
John Tyner, 31, objected to the use of both the revealing full-body X-ray scanner and the controversial new 'pat-down' technique used by officials of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The new pat-down techniques have sparked a national outcry with critics claiming they are tantamount to groping, while the full body scanner renders the individual virtually naked.
But what makes the case even more remarkable is that Mr Tyner, a software programmer, filmed the events on his mobile phone as they unfolded.
He had been planning to fly to South Dakota to go pheasant hunting with his father-in-law and had checked before leaving that the airport that San Diego did not have the machines.
He objects to them because of health concerns and the 'huge invasion of privacy' they represent.
Over the course of his ordeal he can be heard (rather than seen) refusing to submit to a full body scan, asking to instead go through the traditional metal scanner and a basic 'pat down'.
When he is taken aside by an official, who informs him he is going to perform a 'groin check',