If you didn’t already feel like a criminal while trying to board a plane this holiday season, the TSA has one more trick up its sleeve. If you get a bit uncomfortable with their molestations pat downs and body scanning devices and decide to leave the airport and find a less invasive form of transportation, you will face an $11,000 fine and possible arrest.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.
That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.
“Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process,” says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami.
Koshetz said such passengers would be questioned “until it is determined that they don’t pose a threat” to the public.
I have a feeling that the TSA’s persistent violation of our privacy and their strong arm tactics to intimidate anyone that resists their invasive searches with harm the airline industry and do very little to actually make us safer.