Wednesday is National Opt Out Day or NOOD, a day where folks are supposed to stand up for their rights at airports across the country and opt out of the controversial xray scan. This grew from the fact that the TSA says publicly: “additionally, advanced imaging technology screening is optional to all passengers.” This guy is obviously familiar with that right and others, and is trying to flex them, but the TSA doesn’t sound like they are having it. He refuses the scanner and then is treated to a real violation in the form of a nude pat down. Sounds like prison to us, or, uh what we have seen of prison on TV.
For your refrence:
NOOD - National Opt Out Day
LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
I’ll miss the NOOD, so I chose to stand up for my rights today in RDU. Here’s the summary. I’m providing this in a separate thread not because the events of today were remarkable, but as a warning notice to all NOOD participants (skip to the end for that).
Things started pretty normal with an opt out. Intead of a secondary, they immediately insisted on a resolution frisk and started yelling REFUSAL. I was told I had to comply (without any mention of what the “or else” would be. The clerks were pleasant, but had to be reminded to change gloves.
Here’s where it got interesting. I asked if I could have a witness. I was told there was one (the other TSA guy in the room). I asked specifically, “Am I permitted to have my own witness. I was told no. After a standard groping, I exited the private room. At that point, The clerk demanded I provide my boarding pass and ID. I very politely asked why. Instead of answering, the clerk called a supervisor. When she arrived, the clerk said “He is refusing to comply.” Knowing where that was going, I immediately responded, that I was not refusing annoying, I simply asked a question. The supervisor said “We need the data for our records.” I again asked why. She asked if I wanted to fly today.
Here’s where it gets more interesting. I replied that didn’t answer my question. At this point, she summoned an LEO. Same story offered by the TSA (I wasn’t complying). I showed my ID at that point and repeated my question. They wrote down my name and rudely walked away. I walked up to the supervisor’s station to asked for a complaint form and asked for her name. She gave it. I asked for the name of the person that refused to allow me a witness. She said “I can’t give you that information, you will have to get it yourself.” I went to find the clerk that screened me, and got his name without issue. A few seconds later, another supervisor confronted me, saying that I do not need to get names of the officers. I asked for his name, and wouldn’t you know it, the LEO shows up again. I politely asked the LEO if he would stand by me while I asked my witness question again. He cautioned that “You are about to be escorted out of the airport.” I asked why and he said “I was pushing it and I have to escort you out if the TSA asks, there is nothing I can do.”
I asked both the supervisor’s and the clerk that screened me the witness question again. They said they do provide a witness and pointed at the other TSA clerk the did that. I asked if I had the right to have my own witness. They said it had to be the same sex. I asked specifically, “I asked for a witness and was told that in no uncertain terms that I could not have one.” the response was not surprising. “Sir, you are causing a disturbance, you either need to leave or you will be escorted out.” Not wanting to ruin the vacation of my witness, I left.
Here’s the warning, confirmed by TSA witness I had (while the screener was checking glove for explosives):
TSA will consider any non-compliance, including questions to be interfering with the process. Being escorted out of the airport (or worse) will be threatened early and often. They know NOOD is coming and are preparing to react like any good police state would with threats and intimidation.
What have been your experiences with TSA at RDU? Have you been bothered by having to use the body scanners?