Body Scan Controversy

A bizarre turn of events this weekend involved a young California man threatening to have a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer arrested.

After refusing the body scan, software engineer John Tyner opted for a pat-down, according to CNN. Tyner recorded a video on his cell phone of the confrontation that ensued with a TSA security screener once the procedure was described.

“If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested,” Tyner said.

By this afternoon, the Youtube video had received more than 200,000 hits.

But Tyner’s 15 minutes of fame isn’t over yet. The 31-year-old could face a civil penalty as high as $11,000 for leaving the airport before security had finished screening him, said Michael Aguilar, TSA federal security director in San Diego.

“He’s violated federal law and federal regulations, which states once you enter and start the process you have to complete it,” Aguilar said.

Look for next Wednesday’s logistics focus to learn more about National Opt Out Day, set for the day before Thanksgiving in efforts to get people to decline full body scans and opt for pat downs. Learn more about what this means for Memphis International Airport, with slowdowns in security lines on a very busy travel day.