32-year-old victim of child molestation in tears after TSA scan

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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John Tyner knows he’s at minute 14.5 of his headlong rush into the national spotlight. And he couldn’t be happier.

An audio recording capturing Tyner’s don’t-touch-my-junk showdown with San Diego airport security screeners a week ago brought the software engineer instant celebrity. His story has been featured on all the major news and late-night comedy shows. Bloggers have alternately praised and excoriated him.

Tyner’s story has touched a nerve with the flying public, dividing passengers into two camps: those willing to put up with invasive security measures for safety’s sake and those saying enough is enough.

One 32-year-old woman said she was in tears after a full-body scan Monday as she boarded a flight out of Los Angeles International Airport to attend a family member’s funeral. Adriana, who asked that her full name not be used, said she was molested as a child and that the screening experience was so traumatic that she is actually considering train travel for the first time in her life.

“People who have not been violated before can’t understand how it feels for a stranger to see more of you than your doctor,” she said. “Someone should try to explain the situation for those that quietly and continuously take the torment.”

Full Story: Traveler who resisted TSA pat-down is glad his moment of fame is nearly over.