TSA Body Scanner Encounter at the San Diego International Airport

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Ever since the creation of the Transportation Security Administration in 2001, there have been a lot of changes in internet security. There has been a tremendous amount of controversy over body scanners that have been installed at US airports. The TSA is designed to safeguard our transportation system and ensure safe air travel for Americans, yet the new regulations and policies the agency has put in place seem to take away many of the freedoms we have become accustomed to.

A few months ago TSA installed body scanners at the San Diego International airport. On Saturday morning November 13, 2010 at the San Diego airport a San Diegan, John Tyner of Oceanside, became the most recent subject of the body scanner controversy.

As explained on his blog, John was well informed of the regulations at the San Diego International Airport and had heard about the usage of backup security measures such as the millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray machines. These machines have been reported to cause health problems, which is exactly why John wanted to avoid them.

John says that The San Diego International Airport’s website explained that they did not use the scanners. Unfortunately for him, the website was out of date.

As John went through the security check in he was chosen to go through the backscatter machine. John was not willing to go through this machine, so they said they would have to do a pat down. John had heard stories about these “pat downs” and in his own words he didn’t want the security guard to “touch his junk.”

This caused much disruption among the airport security. John felt that the measures the airport security were taking were out of hand and unnecessary because they deprived him of his rights. The TSA officer reportedly told him “a lot of your rights were taken away when you bought your ticket” and John replied that “the government took them away after 9/11.”

In the end, because John did not want to comply with the security measures he was not allowed to get on his flight and was not allowed to leave the airport.

TSA reportedly told John, since he had already started a part of the screening in a secure area that he needed to finish it or be subject to a $10,000  fine. John proceeded to walk out of the airport despite the warnings from TSA officers and was threatened with the law suit.

See for yourself. The videos are long, but take a look:

This event is one of many occurring around the country. Citizens are upset about the invasion of privacy and the health risks associated with new body scanners. What do you think about the new security measures at the airport?


  1. GI Joe

    November 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I think it is time for us not be treated as criminals and deal with the criminals.

    START PROFILING and stop this nonsense of strip searching. Full body scanners are for maximum security prisoners, not US Citizens. This is non-sense and congratulations to this young man who decided to stand up for his rights. FEAR and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS are not reasons to throw away our liberties.

  2. Thomas Ziegler

    November 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I want everybody who gets on a plane with me scanned. It is a small price to pay to keep some nut from endangering everybody on the plane. If this is too big of a price to pay for safety, don’t buy a ticket. Get in your car and keep your privacy. If you cannot get to the place you want to go by car–Too Bad– you will just have to stay in America or Europe or Africa. Your “junk” is of no interest to most people–they are looking for weapons that kill people. I suspect the people that are afraid of being scanned have other mental issues unrelated to modesty. The Government did not create this problem. The Problem has been created by those who would hurt and kill others to make a political statement. Get a life. I for one would be happy to walk through naked if that is what it takes to be safe in flight. I realize some of you may not be secure in your own manhood or womanhood to go through the scanners–again–DRIVE.

  3. Ernest Blake

    November 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    This is a logical extension of a bad idea. If someone on a plane is strangled with dental floss will we all have our floss forbidden? As logical as to ban airliners!

  4. Martin Foster

    November 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Allah- Akbar! Peace be upon the TSA and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for making our Jihad so much easier this time.

    In the name of the most merciful we may now employ our new IEEDs, ( Individualized Enema Explosive Devices). While you Americans and the TSA are busy having your wives and children violate in front of all and your manhood handled by rent-a-cops, someone else could have been busy too. You see let’s, make up a nonexistent character called Martyr Mahmoud, Blessings upon him, and what if he got up this morning after fasting for 30 hrs. Preparing, perhaps a condom filled with .5 pounds of C4.

    A little molding elongating, a little olive oil, relax now, ..there that wasn’t so bad. Now take 3 showers, scrub any possible residue. The little micro blasting cap is so mixed up with the wiring that even Mahmoud has to look carefully, ah there it is, now screw the back of the lap back. Just remember all those virgins you will have tonight and focus. Now you can walk in the scanners with confidence or even endure the infidels enhanced pat down, what ever tickles the TSA’s fancy. Now of course this would not work on an Israeli airline, they don’t bother groping and scanning, they notice my name, when I check in my photograph is already zooming through some secure lines, They ask me some questions check their intelligence data base, profile, profile me some more and before you know it I would be in a room talking to someone from Mossad and that would be the end of my road.

    But I know I don’t have to worry about you Americans, heck being an American resident I could become say, a shrink in your army and spry bullets at you. But this is going to be much more spectacular, this will win me many more virgins for my martyrdom.

    6 months later…CNN SPECIAL REPORT>>>>>>>
    “The new rectum probes are being done as a process to make sure the traveling public is safe,” she said, adding that the probes did not pose health risks and that privacy safeguards have been adopted”.

  5. John R

    November 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I am grateful for this American gentleman for recording what abuses today’s flyer can expect. I hope people will start to boycott flying altogether until this gets rectified. We need to become Americans once again and demand our freedoms back. This level of abuse did not find the weapon TSA claims it did. It is testing us as Americans how far we will let our liberty fall. Stay strong and resist!

  6. duan3diego

    November 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Shame on you who give up your dignity and liberty for just the illusion of being safe!

    Scanning and fondling won’t make you safe — and you have no moral right to harass people who stand up for themselves against these intrusive security theatrics. Don’t tell people not to fly, or just to drive; no one should have to choose between a bit of air travel, and keeping themselves and their family from being felt up, irradiated, harassed or otherwise violated.

    The rest of us can resist, if we value ourselves and our families’ reasonable liberties. We can refuse to fly, and let the airlines know it. We can encourage foolish fellow citizens who easily give up their own rights to stand fast. We can write and call our legislators demanding they stand up for us. And, if one googles “epic scanners,” one can find out who’s suing to stop this airport madness, and send them a few dollars to help.

  7. WokStation

    November 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Like the scanners are any use anyway – well, they are if you’re looking for radio-mics and mobile phones, but not if you’re looking for thermite…

  8. burris

    November 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Airport security was already more than good enough. You are far, far more likely to be injured on the ride to the airport than on the plane. There is no need for intrusive and degrading searches. My right to be secure in my person is more important that satiating your irrational fears.

  9. Teresa Vandal

    November 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I’m Sorry Thomas; but it is a matter of modesty. I know I am sticking my neck out on a limb; but neither my husband, my son nor I can even do things like take showers in front of others in a gym; but there is nothing wrong with us; it is just how we were brought up and I feel insulted that you should suggest something like that about someone like me…I am a good person; a Navy Veteran, a mother and wife; and I refuse to have someone other than my husband feel me up and down in the name of false national security; it is against my will; against my feelings; and my morals/beliefs. I will NOT be made to feel anything less than a human being who cares about my dignity…My Family Doctor doesn’t even do such things unless absolutely necessary…

  10. Alexis

    November 18, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Ppl need to stop being so damn naive. Being viewed by some worker is the very least of my objections. What I do care about is the radiation since I have read several times this scan is dangerous. Mostly I object to being treated like a criminal. I was born in the US, lived in the US my entire life and have a paper trail of criminal free behavior. I agree, profile!

  11. Mikyo

    November 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    This is a flagrant violation of my rights as a human being. I am not a sheep, nor a criminal. I do not agree to risk my health. I refuse to surrender my personal boundaries and health in the name of “security”. We need to stand up as a country of “freedom and liberty” and demand our rights be protected. I hope that some lawyers will research this and let us know how we can defend ourselves from putting our health at risk or being molested.

  12. Rob

    November 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    The point shouldn’t be made around whether or not you are willing to be scanned or searched … I am sure all the “Good” Americans would subject themselves to theses measures. This a slippery slope … once you start giving up your dignity to fly you have to ask yourself where it will stop. I don’t want to hassle the TSA staff … I am sure most of them would like to find a more effecient and less offensive way for security to be maintained. There has to be a better way … there just has to be.

    If this is the best idea we could come up with … then we really need to look for more ideas.

  13. cialis

    February 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Your site is actually unique. Keep posting that way.

  14. Cabling Guy

    March 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I still just do not get why people have an issue about Airport Security. Would you rather not have it and possibly be on a plane when a terrorist sets of an explosive device? I think security is a small price to pay. We are just very spoiled in the US. Think about what other people have to go through living in other countries. I am sure they would appreciate the security measures we take. If there is a huge incident and someone you care about is hurt, I am sure you will be crying about why there was not more security!

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