There’s only one reason why the TSA is threatening to fine the guy who resisted both the full-body scanner and “alternative” patdown search in San Diego last weekend. A terrorist intent on blowing up or hijacking a plane would not be deterred by the threat of civil suit and $11,000 fine. Those punitive measures are purely designed to keep the rest of us looking down and shuffling through the line without defiance. They’re pulling out all the stops on the resister to send a message to the rest of the traveling public:
Fail to comply without question, and we’ll ruin you.
We can’t have people questioning, resisting, or (worst of all) making the TSA look like the mouth-breathing goobers they are. He showed them up, and they didn’t know how to handle it. Now they’ll have to come down on him like a bag of anvils so others won’t consider doing the same.
TSA: Making Our Airports As Safe As Our Prisons.