John Tyner's now-famous encounter with the TSA in San Diego over the body scanning machines and enhanced pat-down policy, including the video he shot.
John Tyner attempts to answer some common questions that showed up via e-mail and in the comments section of his original post on his TSA encounter in San Diego.
John Tyner explains why he filmed his processing through the TSA checkpoint at San Diego.
John Tyner answers his critics, noting that he's not opposed to airline security, rather the current methods of body scanning and enhanced pat-downs is ineffective and not where we should be putting our resources.
"The government, via the TSA, is saying that travelers can opt out of the protections afforded them by the U.S. Constitution. The problem with this is that there is no comparable alternative to flying for travel over long distances. By federalizing the security of all air travel, the government has severely limited (note that I do not say "removed") people's ability to move freely about the country by making them choose between air travel and their 4th amendment protections. Taken as a whole, the government is effectively removing the restrictions placed on it by the constitution by making it seem as though the people are willingly accepting the change…"
The federal government has inserted itself between two private parties involved in a business transaction, which just happens to be about traveling freely within the borders of one's own nation.
"If a plane was hijacked and crashed once per week, you would still be more likely to be killed driving to the airport to get on that plane. The takeaway from this should be that terrorism (in the air) just isn't that common."
Tyner notes that while we must take security of airliners seriously, the fears behind this particular security threat are really overblown.
Good overview of John Tyner's encounter with the TSA in San Diego. I would note that if it is indeed a violation of federal law and/or regulations to not finish the screening process once inside the security checkpoint, perhaps the TSA should make this information prominent outside each security checkpoint.
I would suggest you NEVER let the TSOs take you to a private room for screening. If there is absolutely no way to get out of it, do NOT go alone. Demand a travel partner go with you, or a member of local law enforcement. Never let it be your word against the TSA's.
Don't expect any help out of America's House of Lords any time soon.
Has video of Paul introducing the legislation on the House floor.
Basically, Paul introduces a one-paragraph bill taking away any immunity government workers may have for things private individuals are not allowed to do. Thus, if we can’t grope a stranger without it being an assault, neither can TSA employees. Say bye-bye to the enhanced pat-down, and hello Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
Designed in 2008, but getting lots of attention now thanks to the enhanced pat-down policy. Oleg needs to get this made as a sticker and sell them. I can only imagine how many we'd start seeing at TSA checkpoints, thanks to sly passengers.
The first of what we hope are many common-sense measures: children 12 and under now exempt from enhanced pat-down.
Video of Christine Holland explaining how a TSO groped her as part of the enhanced pat-down.
"For example, many security experts have urged TSA to adopt techniques, used with great success by the Israeli airline El Al, in which passengers are observed, profiled, and most importantly, questioned before boarding planes. So TSA created a program known as SPOT — Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques. It began hiring what it called behavior detection officers, who would be trained to notice passengers who acted suspiciously. TSA now employs about 3,000 behavior detection officers, stationed at about 160 airports across the country.
"The problem is, they're doing it all wrong. […]
"'It's not an Israeli model, it's a TSA, screwed-up model,' says Mica. 'It should actually be the person who's looking at the ticket and talking to the individual. Instead, they've hired people to stand around and observe, which is a bastardization of what should be done.'"
"A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens."
And we're lied to as the government tells us these machines aren't even capable of saving images.
"'It is mindboggling for us Israelis to look at what happens in North America, because we went through this 50 years ago,' said Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy. He's worked with the RCMP, the U.S. Navy Seals and airports around the world.
'Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don't take s—- from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, "We're not going to do this. You're going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport."
That, in a nutshell is 'Israelification' - a system that protects life and limb without annoying you to death."
"[A] site-based initiative to inform the public of the injustices and discrimination from the Transportation Security Administration & Department of Homeland Security, in order to get the public involved and to promote a way to end the usage of the Full Body Scanners and pat downs."