It’s time to fire the TSA screeners, at John Wayne Airport and elsewhere

UPDATE: Obama refuses to change TSA policies, even though he NEVER gets patted down when he boards Air Force One.  Click here to read more.  Also: TSA Administrator John Pistole now waffling on changes as public uproar continues.  Click here to read more.

The Transportation Security Administration knows with 100 percent certainty that John Tyner, the 31-year-old Oceanside man who refused to submit to one of those embarrassing body scans or be searched by TSA groin-grabbers during his recent attempt to fly from San Diego to South Dakota, poses no security threat to the United States or anywhere else. He is not a terrorist, just a citizen frustrated by the growing intrusiveness of TSA screening procedures, writes Steven Greenhut in an op-ed at the O.C. Register.

I looked up Tyner’s video and posted it above.  Listening to the TSA screeners is unbelievable.  They truly believe in groin-grabbing.  I love Tyner’s reaction that if they weren’t the government it would be considered molestation!

Tyner wrote about what happened on his blog.  Here are a few excerpts:

This morning, I tried to fly out of San Diego International Airport but was refused by the TSA. I had been somewhat prepared for this eventuality. I have been reading about the millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray machines and the possible harm to health as well as the vivid pictures they create of people’s naked bodies. Not wanting to go through them, I had done my  research on the TSA’s website prior to traveling to see if SAN had them. From all indications, they did not. When I arrived at the security line, I found that the TSA’s website was out of date. SAN does in fact utilize backscatter x-ray machines.

I made my way through the line toward the first line of “defense”: the TSA ID checker. This agent looked over my boarding pass, looked over my ID, looked at me and then back at my ID. After that, he waved me through. SAN is still operating metal detectors, so I walked over to one of the lines for them. After removing my shoes and making my way toward the metal detector, the person in front of me in line was pulled out to go through the backscatter machine. After asking what it was and being told, he opted out. This left the machine free, and before I could go through the metal detector, I was pulled out of line to go through the backscatter machine. When asked, I half-chuckled and said, “I don’t think so.” At this point, I was informed that I would be subject to a pat down, and I waited for another agent.

A male agent (it was a female who had directed me to the backscatter machine in the first place), came and waited for me to get my bags and then directed me over to the far corner of the area for screening. After setting my things on a table, he turned to me and began to explain that he was going to do a “standard” pat down. (I thought to myself, “great, not one of those gropings like I’ve been reading about”.) After he described, the pat down, I realized that he intended to touch my groin. After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, “if you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment.

We both stood there for no more than probably two minutes before a female TSA agent (apparently, the supervisor) arrived…

Click here to read the rest of Tyner’s post.

As it turns out, airports have the right to fire the TSA screeners and hire private security.

Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida sent a letter to the nation’s 100 busiest airports this month urging them to consider using contractors, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Mica is a longtime critic of the TSA.

If this is true, we should ask the John Wayne Airport Commissioners to fire the TSA.

Commission Members:

Mr. Stephen Blythe, Chair, Fifth District
Mr. Bruce B. Junor, Vice Chair, Third District
Mr. Tony Lam, First District
Mr. Chris Welsh, Second District
Mr. Stephen W. Bristol, Fourth District

Here is how to contact them:


5:00 pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

Meeting Location:

John Wayne Airport
Eddie Martin Administration Building
Airport Commission Hearing Room
3160 Airway Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Ms. Elsa Garcia, (949) 252-5237 or

If there is any good news, it is that Congressman Ron Paul has introduced legislation to stop all of this.

Paul introduced a bill in the House that would stop the TSA dead in its tracks with its ridiculous touchy-feely pat downs and the kiddie porn pictures they generate on their x-ray machines. It is called the American Traveler Dignity Act.

Check out this video:

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