TSA resister John Tyner may face a $10,000 fine for not letting agents perform a groin check on him at the airport.
The Transportation Security Administration has opened investigation on the groin check resister who would not allow TSA agents to grope him this past weekend.
Signs on San Diego reported:
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The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.
Tyner recorded the half-hour long encounter on his cell phone and later posted it to his personal blog, along with an extensive account of the incident. The blog went viral, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers and thousands of comments.
Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000.
TSA agents had told Tyner on Saturday that he could be fined up to $10,000.
“That’s the old fine,” Aguilar said. “It has been increased.”
Next up: Prison-style strip searches.
More… By law, airports could hire private security firms if they want to.