CNN -- Armed with just a video-enabled cell phone and a YouTube account, California resident John Tyner sparked a nationwide controversy over new TSA backscatter imaging machines and pat-down procedures during the busy holiday air travel season. Tyner is the man who told a TSA agent not to touch his "junk" while he refused a pat-down search November 13 at a San Diego, California, airport. As Americans fly to and from holiday gatherings this season, some travelers -- anxious about their rights at airport security checkpoints -- may try to follow Tyner's lead and video their TSA encounters. TSA says on its blog : "If you are taking pictures at or near the checkpoint, don't be surprised if someone TSA, airport police, or a curious passenger asks you what you're up to. We don't prohibit public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping, or filming at screening locations.
A new system being tested to screen passengers at US airports appears to be exposing more than it should. The name of the equipment vendor is redacted in the document, but is identified in a separate government database as ThruVision Inc. TSA and ThruVision did not respond to requests for comment. The TSA has had privacy issues with passenger screening in the past. At the time, president Obama said the scanners were needed to help prevent terrorist attacks. However, the devices were removed after public outcry and replaced with less-intrusive machines.
However, those individuals still need to undergo a pat-down to maintain security. As you may have heard, on Sunday at Dallas Fort Worth DFW , a year-old passenger underwent enhanced security screening, which included a pat-down, after his laptop alarmed an explosives trace detection machine. In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to ease concerns of the mother. The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection. So is this standard procedure?
Matt Agorist March 27, The pat-downs, which TSA warned would probably prompt assault complaints with the police department because of their invasive nature, are now apparently being implemented. Jennifer Williamson and her son Aaron were traveling through the DFW airport this weekend when they were targeted by power-tripping TSA agents and police. The result is nothing short of infuriating. As the video begins, Aaron is being treated as if he is checking into a maximum security prison.