11:34 AM PST, November 15, 2010
SAN DIEGO ( KTLA) -- A man who refused a full-body scan and pat-down search at San Diego International Airport is quickly becoming an Internet sensation.
John Tyner, of Oceanside, was attempting to fly out of San Diego on Saturday and could not board his plane after his so-called security standoff.
On his blog, Tyner posted a cell phone audio recording of his hour-long encounter along with an explanation of what happened.
The software engineer says he was preparing to go through the metal detector when he was pulled out of line to go through the backscatter X-ray machine, which provides a full-body scan.
"When asked, I half-chuckled and said, "I don't think so," Tyner wrote.
Tyner, 31, says he was then informed that he would be subject to a pat down by a male TSA agent.
Just before the pat-down search was to begin, Tyner told the worker, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."
Tyner says the agent was "taken aback" and said he would have to involve his supervisor because of his comment.
Tyner's blog says he left the airport, but only after being threatened with a lawsuit and fine for failing to complete security screening.
In response to Tyner's video and blog, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday that it tries to be sensitive to individuals, but everyone getting on a flight must be screened.
"Advanced imaging technology screening is optional for all passengers," TSA said in a statement released Monday. "Passengers who opt out of [advanced imaging] screening will receive alternative screening, including a physical pat-down."