TSA ejects California man from airport for refusing security check

November 15, 2010


SAN DIEGO — John Tyner won’t be pheasant hunting in South Dakota with his father-in-law any time soon.

Tyner was simultaneously thrown out of San Diego International Airport on Saturday morning for refusing to submit to a security check and threatened with a civil suit and $10,000 fine if he left.

And he got the whole thing on his cell phone. Well, the audio at least.

The 31-year-old Oceanside software programmer was supposed to leave from Lindbergh Field on Saturday morning and until a TSA agent directed him toward one of the recently installed full-body scanners, Tyner seemed to be on his way.

Tyner balked.

He’d been reading about the scanners and didn’t like them for a number of reasons, ranging from health concerns to “a huge invasion of privacy.” He’d even checked the TSA website which indicated that San Diego did not have the machines, he said in a phone interview Saturday night.

“I was surprised to see them,” said Tyner.

He also did something that may seem odd to some, manipulative to others but fortuitous to plenty of others for whom Tyner is becoming something of a folk hero: Tyner turned on his cell phone’s video camera and placed it atop the luggage he sent through the x-ray machine.

He may not be the first traveler tossed from an airport for security reasons but he could well be the first to have the whole experience captured on his cell phone.

During the next half-hour, his cell phone recorded Tyner refusing to submit to a full body scan, opting for the traditional metal scanner and a basic “pat down” — and then refusing to submit to a “groin check” by a TSA security guard.

He even told the guard, “You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.”

That threat triggered a code red of sorts as TSA agents, supervisors and eventually the local police gravitated to the spot where the reluctant traveler stood in his stocking feet, his cell phone sitting in the nearby bin (which he wasn’t allowed to touch) picking up the audio.

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3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roger Hull says:

    Agree with Mr. Milchan. Air travel is already a nightmare without some yahoo making a scene in front of those of us who just want to get on with it. The terrorists have won! Look at all the money already spent and being spent, and all the hassle with which we must now cope, just to get from point A to point B right here in America. How much worse is it going to get after the next big radical muslim event somewhere in our backyard? Bankrupt and running scared. What a sad state of affairs.

  • Double Ace says:

    This guy deserves a medal. Especially if the muslim community gets their women exempted from these exams. We all know who it is that is trying to blow up airplanes, and buildings. We all know who it is that declared a Jihad against the west. Why are we forcing this ridiculous policy on non muslim’s? Get real this is a waste of time and money. Stupid TSA policies have been in effect for years and it hasn’t stopped one person that wanted to blow up a plane from trying, and in some cases getting on board or shiping explosives on aircraft. What is this policy accomplishing except slowing air travel, and creating TSA jobs for what would otherwise be welfare recipients. The TSA is nothing more than another government invasion into our privacy and our lives.

  • david milchan says:

    This guy is a jerk!

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