A Guy Wouldn't Go Through A New Airport Screening Machine, Told Security Not To Touch His Junk, And Could Be Fined $10,000
A 31-year-old man in San Diego named John Tyner was supposed to go on a hunting trip to South Dakota with his father-in-law on Saturday. But at the airport, he refused to go through one of the new screening machines.
He thinks they're an invasion of privacy, so security asked to pat him down instead. John agreed, then added, quote, "If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested."
That prompted the TSA guy to call over a supervisor, and long-story-short, John never made it to South Dakota. They basically explained that there MIGHT be some incidental junk-touching, and John wasn't okay with that.
But here's where it gets REALLY interesting. According to federal law, John wasn't allowed to leave the airport, because if you START going through security, you have to FINISH going through security . . . and John wouldn't.
So when he asked to leave, the TSA told him he could . . . but that he'd be fined $10,000 if he chose to. He left anyway, and the story is sparking a national debate about our right to privacy.