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Passenger Chooses Strip-Down Over Pat-Down



    Passenger Chooses Strip-Down Over Pat-Down
    CHICAGO - MARCH 15: A sign at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint instructs passengers about the use of the full-body scanner at O'Hare International Airport on March 15, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Backscatter Advanced Imaging Technology scanners are scheduled to be put into use at the airport today. Twenty airports nationwide are now using full-body scanners. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    When a San Diego man opted out of security screening using the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at Lindbergh Field Friday, he stripped down to his underwear in an attempt to avoid the pat-down procedures.Samuel Wolanyk

    Samuel Wolanyk took the protest started Nov. 13 by Oceanside's John Tyner to a whole new level.

    While Tyner videotaped his refusal to be patted down, telling the agent "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested," Wolanyk decided to give TSA a look at his body down to his Calvin Klein's.

    Through a statement released by his attorney Sunday night, Wolanyk said "TSA needs to see that I'm not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances, I refuse to have images of my naked body viewed by perfect strangers, and having been felt up for the first time by TSA the week prior (I travel frequently) I was not willing to be molested again."

    Raw Interview: Passenger Refused TSA Pat-Down

    [DGO] Raw Interview: Passenger Refused TSA Pat-Down
    Oceanside resident John Tyner explains what happened the morning he refused the TSA pat-down at Lindbergh Field.
    (Published Monday, Nov. 15, 2010)

    Wolanyk's attorney said that TSA requested his client put his clothes on so he could be patted down properly but his client refused to put his clothes back on. He never refused a pat down, according to his attorney.

    Wolanyk was arrested for refusing to complete the security process. A woman, identified by Harbor police as Danielle Kelli Hayman,39, of San Diego was detained for recording the incident on a phone.

    San Diego has played a central role in the debate over the need for AIT machines in our nation's airports. From Tyner's videotape and U.S. Rep. Bob Filner's call for a Congressional hearing, to the parody song penned by Poway musician and Grammy-winner Steve Vaus. This Wednesday, one group is asking Americans to opt out of the AIT machines.

    Body Scanners Installed at Lindbergh

    [DGO] Body Scanners Installed at Lindbergh
    New body scanners in the process of being installed at Lindbergh Field would only be used on passengers who are sent to secondary screening. Read more
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010)

    Justified protest or taking this too far? Let us know what you think. Comment below, send us your thoughts via Twitter @nbcsandiego or add your comment to our Facebook page. And of course, if you have pictures of Mr. Wolanyk in his underwear at Lindbergh, send them our way