On November 13th at San Diego International Airport, John Tyner was preparing for a flight to South Dakota with his father-in-law. When informed at security that he was set to go through a full-body scan x-ray machine– which reveals a person’s complete anatomy without clothing – he opted out, and also rejected the option of a full-body pat-down. On Tyner’s blog, he explains the event and his feelings about it – maintaining that such procedures was a personal violation, and also said to a TSA agent, “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.”
The event that transpired involving Tyner, the TSA agent and several security officials at San Diego airport unfolds a larger and controversial issue at hand – are these intrusive measures from the TSA (and ultimately, the government) an important safety precaution, or are people who fly being subject to a major invasion of privacy?
Decidedly, people across the country are reacting, citing health and moral issues. Currently on Facebook is a “National Opt-Out of the Airport Scanners Day” page, scheduled for November 24th, one of the busiest travel days of the year. It has more than 4,000 followers and growing. A group of New Jersey legislators asked Congress to ban the use of full-body scanners. And people are expressing their support or rejection of the idea with designs on t-shirts, mugs, and more.