Victory: TSA Agrees to Drop $2600 Fine Against Texas Man Who Opted Not to Board a Flight Rather Than Be Subjected to Invasive Pat-Down Search

John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney

HOUSTON, Tex. — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to withdraw a fine against a Texas man who, after successfully passing through an airport security metal detector and then being randomly selected to pass through a whole-body imaging scanner, chose not to board a flight rather than be subjected to a third search—an invasive pat-down—by TSA agents.

Jonathan Cobb was fined $2,660 by the TSA and charged with “interfering” with airport screening after he politely refused, based on past traumatic experiences with the TSA, to be subjected to a pat-down search at George W. Bush International Airport and opted instead not to board his ticketed flight. Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute came to Cobb’s defense, challenging the $2660 fine as excessive and successfully arguing that Cobb had a Fourth Amendment right to opt out of the search and elect not to travel.

Affiliate attorney Jerri Lynn Ward of…

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One response to “Victory: TSA Agrees to Drop $2600 Fine Against Texas Man Who Opted Not to Board a Flight Rather Than Be Subjected to Invasive Pat-Down Search”

  1. Puzzles of the Soul Avatar

    Excellent post and Mr Cobb had every right to refuse. Most people comply as they do not wish for their journey to be interrupted. It is very invasive. In the UK we have to remove belts and shoes. Then to remove our shoes again to have them go through a separate check after already being scanned. The amount of time spent going through these checks is too much once you have cleared the initial scan. Pat downs are personally invasive, regardless of the person doing the checks we do not know the mental state of them, so many commit offenses against people’s rights and are abusive in their searches.

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