Beating the TSA: How a Determined Passenger Spent Hours Arguing His Rights Before Being Waved Through the Checks


It’s the solution that millions of American airline passengers have been searching for – how to avoid bodyscanners and intrusive pat-downs when they fly.

Now one patient traveller has proved it is possible to bypass the high-level security measures in place at all airports, but only if you have time on your hands.

Blogger Matt Kernan recorded his epic experience as he returned to North Kentucky International Airport in Cincinnati from Paris on Sunday.

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Exasperated at being told to prepare for a body scan and with time on his hands, the determined businessman decided to make a stand – with remarkable results.

Writing on his website, he said: ‘I certainly don’t enjoy being treated like a terrorist in my own country, but I’m also not a die-hard constitutional rights advocate.

‘However, for some reason, I was irked.’

‘Maybe it was the video of the three-year-old getting molested, maybe it was the sexual assault victim having to cry her way through getting groped, maybe it was the father watching teenage TSA officers joke about his attractive daughter.

‘Whatever it was, this issue didn’t sit right with me. We shouldn’t be required to do this simply to get into our own country.’

As a result, Mr Kernan informed staff he did not want to go through the infamous Backscatter imaging machine.

He was told he would have to undergo an invasive pat-down search, but again politely told staff that he would consider any contact with his genital areas as assault.

After being told that the two options were TSA policy, he replied: ‘ I disagree with the policy, and I think that it is unconstitutional.

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November 24, 2010