Refuse to pass through an airport scanner and let a security agent view your naked body, while you get zapped with radiation or object to having your body sexually assaulted and you may find yourself in deep trouble, so says the Transportation Security Agency (TSA).
The TSA has issued a warning that any airline passenger who enters a security checkpoint and refuses to enter the scanner or alternative inspection will not be allowed to fly and will not be permitted to leave the airport. You must remain at the airport and be subject to questioning by the TSA or law enforcement. If you attempt to leave the airport you will be subject to arrest and a fine up to $11,000.
If you think the TSA is about to back down from all the public outrage and media coverage, guess again. The Sun Sentinel reports how the TSA “stuck to its guns” in a recent congressional hearing. Testifying before Congress Wednesday, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole said inspectors at the nation’s airports would enforce the new policies despite complaints that the search methods are too invasive.
However, the battle is not over. Many travelers are planning to participate in National Opt-Out Day, websites have sprung up protesting the TSA and many others are asking airline passengers to report their experience for potential legal action against the government. Rep. Ron Paul has also introduced legislation to halt airline passenger abuse.
If you would like to report abuse or a Constitutional violation of your rights by the TSA, the following organizations would like to know about your incident.
–The ACLU is collecting individuals’ stories in order to determine the scope of this problem and evaluate future action.
–In addition to their website, FlyersRights.org has a hotline, 1-877-FLYERS6, for complaints about TSA screenings.
— Congressman Paul’s “American Traveler Dignity Act” (H.R. 6416) has been introduced into the House of Representatives. You can share your incident with his office.
— Wewontfly.com is a protest website that is looking for your story and provides tips to fight back.
— Online TSA complaint form.
— Electronic Privacy Information Center TSA Complaint Form