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San Diego congressman demands investigation into airport scans and pat downs.

November 18, 2010 |  7:06 pm

TynerA San Diego congressman is calling for a hearing into the Transportation Security Administration's rules about full-body scans and pat downs for airline passengers.

The request by Rep. Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) comes days after an Oceanside man created an Internet-fueled controversy by refusing to undergo a scan or pat down at San Diego's Lindbergh Field.

John Tyner, 31, of Oceanside posted a video of his dispute with airport security officials.

Filner called for the House Homeland Security Committee to hold a hearing into the appropriateness, constitutionality and effectiveness of the procedures.

"We need to restore the people's confidence that TSA is taking privacy concerns seriously," Filner said.

Among other things, Filner wants to know if the procedures that Tyner refused to undergo are actually making travel safer.

Filner has had his own airport problems. In 2007 he was charged with assaulting a baggage employee at Dulles International Airport in Washington when he allegedly tried to enter a restricted space to look for his luggage.

The incident was resolved with the equivalent of a no-contest plea and an apology from Filner.


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Photo: John Tyner, whose video of his confrontation with security employees at Lindbergh Field made him a media sensation. Credit: Associated Press.