At this point, we are all accustomed to taking off our jacket, shoes, and belt to make it through the TSA checkpoint at the airport at which point you are treated to a full body scan and pat down. Once you make it through the screening process, however, you can breath a sigh of relief and get on your way, right? Not exactly.
Earlier this month, 22-year-old Kahler Nygard safely flew from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Denver International Airport on a Spirit Airlines flight. When he landed in Denver, he was immediately greeted by the TSA and told he needed to undergo a second screening. Nygard, who hadn’t even disembarked the plane yet, filmed the incident:
As KMSP-TV reports, Nygard’s name appears on a ‘watch list’ that ranks below the ‘no fly list.’ Security officials in Minneapolis did not realize he was on the so-called "SSSS" passenger (i.e. Secondary Security Screening Selection) until his flight had already departed. SSSS passengers are supposed to get a physical pat down and their bags are supposed to be subjected to an additional check, which usually involves bomb-detecting sensors.
Nygard also filmed his encounter with the TSA agent, which occurred once he exited the place. The agent says they need to re-examine "his body and his bags" immediately, and threatens to call Denver police if he does not comply.
The man refuses to agree to the additional screening and leaves the airport after retrieving his bags. Denver police did not apprehend Nygard. According to KUSA-TV, Nygard “flew back to Minneapolis Thursday. Besides another pat-down, he said "there were no issues.”
On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to Nygard’s “unsettling encounter” with the TSA and praised his poised response given the circumstances.
“The TSA is conditioning us to just continue to take it,” Glenn said. “Don't take it… If I am getting on a plane and they need to screen me, I got it. But if I have just flown someplace – I'm at my destination – get your hands off me. I put up with your nonsense on the way here.”