Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Fight The TSA Shouldn't Want

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.

Well, this seems like an exceedingly dumb move. The guy's become something of a folk hero and the TSA's investigation can have only one purpose: to intimidate the rest of us into passive cooperation.

The TSA's announced investigation will only serve to make National Opt Out Daya bigger phenomenon than it would have been.

[UPDATE:] Somewhat related:

Many Rally To Support Boy's Flag Display

A 13-year-old Stanislaus County boy at the center of a flag controversy got a big show of support Monday as many people rallied to his side.

Cody Alicea was earlier told by Denair Middle School officials that he could not ride to school with a U.S. flag on his bike. The story has gained national attention, from Rush Limbaugh to the Drudge Report.

The school changed its mind, and now Alicea can display the stars and stripes.

When he rode from his home to school on Monday, he was followed by a parade of people on motorcycles. A military jet flyover was also expected.

The TSA should really keep the above story in mind. Two-bit bureaucrats no longer labor in obscurity. We learn quickly these days what mischief they're up to. And we don't like it.

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