November 16, 2010

Blogger Faces Fine For TSA Incompetence

Blogger John Tyner, who recorded and then shared his experience with TSA security at the San Diego airport, faces a $11,000 fine for leaving a security area after being escorted by security officers from the same security area:

Tyner was simultaneously thrown out of San Diego International Airport on Saturday morning for refusing to submit to a security check and threatened with a lawsuit and a $10,000 fine if he left.

And he got the whole thing on his cell phone.

The TSA has decided to investigate Tyner and possibly prosecute him.

The bizarre incident exposes TSA's complete incompetence. Tyner was escorted from the security area because he refused to be groped. Another TSA officer detained him near the ticket counter, threatened him if he left (as ordered by TSA officers) and told him that since the procedures were posted on the TSA website, passengers are considered "fully informed":

He told me that their procedures are on their website, and therefore, I was fully informed before I entered the airport; I had implicitly agreed to whatever screening they deemed appropriate. I told him that San Diego was not listed on the TSA's website as an airport using Advanced Imaging Technology, and I believed that I would only be subject to the metal detector. He replied that he was not a webmaster, and I asked then why he was referring me to the TSA's website if he didn't know anything about it.

Not only is the TSA clueless about their own website, they are clueless about their own procedures, and use that ignorance to exempt themselves from any responsibility:

Having left the area, he stated, I would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine. I asked him if he was also going to fine the 6 TSA agents and the local police officer who escorted me from the secure area. After all, I did exactly what I was told. He said that they didn't know the rules, and that he would deal with them later. They would not be subject to civil penalties. I then pointed to Mr. Silva and asked if he would be subject to any penalties. He is the agents' supervisor, and he directed them to escort me out. The man informed me that Mr. Silva was new and he would not be subject to penalties, either.

The TSA officer who threatened Tyner also got the fine amount wrong. $10,000 was the old amount. It has since been increased to $11,000.

Read about the entire encounter HERE and HERE.

And some people trust these incompetent idiots to respect our privacy?

By DMartyr at 12:58 PM | Comments |