‘If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested’ | Flier becomes instant folk hero for refusing airport molestation
By Drew Zahn|World Net Daily
“I don’t understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying,” said 31-year-old John Tyner to a pair of Transportation Security Administration officials insisting on giving him a “groin check” before boarding his plane.
Tyner was scheduled to fly this weekend out of San Diego International Airport when he was pulled from the security line at the metal detectors and told he would be either subjected to one of the TSA’s full-body scanners – which reveal a virtually nude image of passengers – or a full-body “pat-down,” including an inspection of his inner thigh.
Discomforted by the invasive procedures and the thought of a security officer touching his genitals, Tyner made a joke that has since made him an instant Internet folk hero:
“If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”
Tyner’s words have since resonated in dozens of online comments and thousands of views on YouTube, for the comment – and the controversial discussion that followed – was recorded by Tyner’s cell phone.
Though the phone was with his belongings, and thus only caught audio of his confrontation with TSA officials, the camera’s footage is posted on a blog Tyner created detailing the incident and viewable below, with his “touch my junk” comment and ensuing confrontation beginning at roughly the 3:45 mark:
For Tyner, however, his troubles had only begun when he threatened to have the TSA officer arrested.
A female supervisor was called over to handle “issue,” and she promptly explained to Tyner that he had two choices: submit to the groin check or be escorted back out of the airport.