‘You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested’

The TSA wasn’t given the opportunity, but they are now threatening the (attempted) traveler with a $10,000 fine. The choices today are unproven so adding the threat of a fine only adds to the disgrace. Neither of these options do anything to stop people from hiding weapons in any body cavity. So are full cavity searches next? Everyone wants the skies to be as safe as possible but this police state hysteria has to end. Maybe it’s time everyone has a serious discussion about safety instead of simply throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem. Funny how neither party has managed to stand up for privacy, but courage has rarely been valued in Washington.

The bad guys have clearly won.

The incident itself started when Tyner, 31, was directed toward the full-body scanner in the security line. Tyner refused, opting instead for the traditional metal body scan and a pat-down. When he was told that the TSA agent would have to conduct a kind of “groin check.” Tyner balked, saying, “You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.”

That’s when things got interesting. Various supervisors got involved, Tyner was pulled aside, the police came by, and a supervisor told Tyner that he wouldn’t be allowed to travel unless he submitted to the check. Tyner opted to leave instead, getting a full refund for the ticket, but not before he was told that if he left the secured area he would be “subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine.” Tyner left anyway.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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