‘Don’t Touch My Junk’: Man Refuses Airport Scan, Becomes Internet Hit

Stirs national debate over security vs. privacy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southland man who refused a body scan and pat-down search at a San Diego airport has become an Internet sensation in the debate weighing fliers’ security versus their privacy.

John Tyner of Oceanside posted a cell phone audio recording of his half-hour encounter Saturday at Lindbergh Field.

The software engineer couldn’t board a flight after refusing a full-body scan that reveals an image of what’s under his clothes.

He also wouldn’t allow a Transportation Security Administration worker to conduct a groin check. Tyner tells the worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”

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Tyner’s blog says he left the airport — but only after being threatened with a lawsuit and fine for failing to complete security screening.

A TSA statement Sunday said body scans and pat-downs make flying safer.

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