It’s sad how many posts I’ve dedicated to the TSA in recent weeks, though this is totally worth another post in my opinion. As many of you know, the TSA recently revised their pat down procedure to include (for men) moving their hands up your upper thigh until they reach “resistance.” Yes, I love the way they phrase that, and I’m sure I’m not alone.
Anyway, yesterday a passenger was flying out of terminal 2 at San Diego Airport, where he got selected to go through the full body scanner. He refused, and told the TSA agent patting him down that he would sue him if he “touched his junk.” The TSA agent called a supervisor, and he was given the option of either getting the pat down or not flying. He chose not to fly, so was escorted out of the secure area. He then proceeded to the American ticket counter, where he refunded his ticket.
As he got ready to leave the airport, he was approached and told he couldn’t leave. Since he had started the screening process, he was required to finish it, despite the TSA agents specifically telling him he could leave (and even escorting him out!). Further, he was informed that he would be subject to a $10,000 fine if he left.
Anyway, see here for the full story and for the audio clips. Despite how absurd the full body scanners and new pat down procedure are, the TSA agents were remarkably professional, in my opinion. The same can’t be said for the people that approached him after the fact. Anyway, the system is clearly broken…