Monday, November 22, 2010 at 8:16AM
Samuel Wolanyk is the new hero of the TSA security screening backlash. Yesterday, the San Diego resident opted out of an advanced imaging technology screen, and then attempted to avoid the new pat-down procedures by stripping down to his underwear.
Rather than being submitted to the "virtual strip search" of AIT or the "molestation" of the advanced pat-down, Wolanyk decided to show TSA officers that he had nothing to hide.
"TSA needs to see that I'm not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances," read a statement from Wolanyk. "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."
Wolanyk was arrested for refusing to complete the screening process and for recording the entire incident on his iPhone. (I haven't been able to track down that footage yet.)
Wolanyk's lawyer said that TSA agents asked him to put his clothes back on so he could complete the pat-down properly -- but he refused. (But he never actually refused a pat-down, according to the lawyer.)