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November 15th, 2010
06:31 PM ET

TSA: Despite objections, all passengers must be screened

CNN Wire Staff

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - In response to a video of a California man's dispute with airport security officials, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday it tries to be sensitive to individuals, but everyone getting on a flight must be screened.

The video, in which software engineer John Tyner refuses an X-ray scan at the San Diego, California, airport, has sparked a debate over screening procedures.

Tyner told CNN on Sunday that he was surprised to see so many people take an interest in his refusal and the dispute with airport screeners that followed it. But he said he hoped the video will focus attention on what he calls a government invasion of privacy.

"Obviously, everybody has their own perspective about their personal screening," TSA administrator John Pistole told CNN. "The question is, how do we best address those issues ... while providing the best possible security?"

Tyner, 31, said his hunting trip to South Dakota was cut short before it even started Saturday morning - when TSA agents asked him to go through an X-ray machine.

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  1. Raymond Flournoy

    I'd rather be felt up than blown up.

    November 16, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  2. Steve

    Can you request who does the pat down. Can I, being a man, ask for a woman pat me down?

    November 16, 2010 at 1:11 am |
  3. ann

    You do not give up any rights by buying a ticket. these people are not even properly trained. small children are touched in their private areas? omg! read george orwell 1984.

    you do not have to fly is not a rationale excuse for allowing the government to take over. I witnessed a TSA agent come over and wipe the hands of three men last week; two were black and one pakistani. Their dna was taken to a computer screen for a reason not told to these gentlemen. This is crazy! There is opposition but these untrained tsa people are rough!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm |