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.”

John Tyner Talks To KNX 1070

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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Comments (29)
  1. kat says:

    if he has nothing to hide, i dont see what the big deal was.

  2. tom s says:

    Simple – NO FLY LIST ! Also they should fine him so other morons won’t think they are funny by causing more disruption’s. The airport security should be held to highest standard of the law for all people’s sake.

    1. 4Freedom says:

      You are an idiot. Go live with the taliban if you hate freedom.

  3. Lisa says:

    Please, this TSA idiot’s don’t know what the h*ll they are doing!
    It’s not just a body scan…it’s shows EVERYTHING….and not to mention radiation…come on people…wake up!!!! It’s about control!!!

  4. lesliejay63 says:

    He is a jerk. What an arse he made of himself over NOTHING. I’m SURE that TSA has alot more things to care about than “groping” (as he claimed they wanted to do) his “junk”. He is the kind of person who would sue the airline if somehow TSA had missed someone dangerous and had allowed them on a flight! He needs to shut up and just walk from now on. I don’t want this guy flying with me. He should also take a Xanex and settle down, get over himself before he gives himself a heartattack.

    1. Simple says:

      How many of these X-Ray machines are in place in airpots coming to the US. Most if not all people found with bombs where coming to the the US not leaving the US or flying within.

  5. Guadalupe Tapatio says:

    The headline should be:

    Oceanside Man Refuses Airport Scan, Sits On His A$$ At Home

  6. Billo-bot says:

    Actually, Software Engineers are among those most likely to go berserk on a plane, start a fight, and/or threaten other passengers in mid-flight!! I know, I work with them! Seriously, if the full body scan or pat down even makes flying a little safer, I’m all for it. Besides, the TSA people, idiots or not, are not great lookers themselves so who cares what they see. I have no problem with the full body scan, as long as they promise not to laugh until I’m far out of earshot! This guy was just looking for an chance to finally write something in his blog that more people than himself would want to read.

  7. HIs 15 minutes of lame will be up…in 3, 2, 1…

  8. Notgonnafly says:

    Seriously have you ever had a so called pat down? It is nothing short of molestation! People wake up. It is an invasion of your personal privacy. Would you let a complete stranger grope you? If I said no and you did it anyway how is that not a form of molestation?

    1. 4Freedom says:

      That’s exactly right. I’m waiting on a lady to refuse getting molested or a parent to refuse to let them molest their child and we’ll see how quick the lawsuits fly, against the TSA!!!!

      1. ian says:

        forget the Tsa. They are worthless and they have no good server to customer manners.

    2. Angela says:

      I agree. I made reservations to fly with Delta before this pat down screening took place, and now I am trying to cancel my reseveration, and Delta would not refund my money. I don’t mind the scanners, however I do not want anyone touching me.

  9. racegeek says:

    Come on people. Are you serious. Obviously you don’t know much about terrorism. How many of you lost a loved one in 9/11. I did, so whatever they need to do to protect the plane and all it’s passengers, do it, cause it’s long over due, and let’s move on. And notgonnafly, Your worried about privacy, but I will bet you have a facebook account, but that doesn’t bother you now does it. Wake up..

    1. ian says:

      with a facebook account you can set it to be more private. Idiot.

  10. Al says:

    Though I have yet to experience either of these ‘enhanced’ screening techniques, I can tell you that my experiences with TSA screeners have been less than reassuring. First, most of them seem to be standing around talking to each other or doing nothing. Second, when I was in Philadelphia, I was told by one TSA representative to something with a particular item, and ten seconds later was told not to do it by another. The second guy was standing there when I was told by the first guy. Yet a third guy who was standing there just shrugged at me. I told them that I thought they ought to hold a huddle to figure out what they wanted me to do. The second guy, about 6’4″ and 25 yrs old, got right up in my face and asked loudly if I was causing a “problem”. I told him that he was the problem and to back out of my personal space. At that point, a uniformed Philly cop, who was about 50 yrs old and right there for the whole thing, came up and told the TSA guy to relax. After I went through screening, I saw that the Philly cop actually manned a podium just inside the TSA screening area. I asked him if that was his permanent station for trouble that TSA staff instigated, and he said that he was; he was serious. The only ‘enhanced’ thing I’ve seen out of TSA is that they’ve gone from white to dark blue shirts . . other than that, I don’t see them as any better than the security guards around the airports prior to 9/11 . . .

  11. GC1008 says:

    So don’t fly. This is what’s going to happen. People get all out of joint, TSA backs off, someone gets through, a bomb goes off, a plane goes down, and someone just like this guy (along with all the families) sues the airlines, TSA and the government.. And people who didn’t have to die, die. Another stupid thing about this is that CBS and the other companies blow protests out of proportion. Like the heading… :TSA Protest Goes Viral… Is it just that CBS doesn’t understand what “viral” means or they really think that the one guy in their story makes it “viral” or it’s just a slow news day, so make it HUGE.

  12. Just another schmuck seeking his 15 minutes. Read more.

  13. Saber 1 says:

    Put him on the No Fly List and the FBI watch list. Although TSA don’t hire Harvard grads. to deal with the public, some do use discretion and know how to do their job. I travel at least twice a month on a plane, I don’t care if they want a DNA sample. What ever it takes to keep that plane in the air so we all can come home to our loved ones.

  14. Gerry C says:

    I suggest everyone read the article, ‘Israelification of airports’ by Rafi Sela, as reported by Cathal Kelly. It’s easy to find if you google it.

    I believe the Israelies got it right

  15. Marco says:

    If the full body scan does not reveal any concealed weapon why the need to massage the genital areas? So is it OK to be searched like that going anywhere at one point. I can hear women at clubs now complaining. Its a privacy isssue and another loss of control of our lives with government.

    Hats off to him for taking a stance.

  16. u_r_gullible says:

    I see that CBS censors open comment and open discussion on its website. What happened to my comment on this topic? Shame on you.

    Promise: The word about CBS’s repressive practice will be spread freely and widely..

  17. Topher says:


  18. Average Stranger says:

    That guy did right. If you listened, you’ll know he simply informed the security guard that he’d press charges of sexual battery against him. The guard backed away at that time. The man didn’t refuse. The guard refused to to be accountable for his actions.

    Would it have been better to wait until the molestation then call 911 and have the guard arrested? Hindsight says yes.

    I’ve always wondered why the federal government is involved in airport security anyways. Why should the non-flying public pay for services that the private airlines benefit from?

  19. joseph henry says:

    I am appalled by the actions of the TSA. I think that Americans should protest and refuse to fly on December 17th. That is the anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk. I bet they didn’t have to go through a strip search….I am putting a notice on my website tomorrow…pass it on!

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