Samuel Wolanyk decided to take civil disobedience against TSA security procedures to the next level when, having refused to go through the body scan, stripped to his underwear rather than undergo the “enhanced pat down.”
According to NBC News:
“Through a statement released by his attorney Sunday night, Wolanyk said ‘TSA needs to see that I’m not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances, 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’s attorney said that TSA requested his client put his clothes on so he could be patted down properly but his client refused to put his clothes back on. He never refused a pat down, according to his attorney.
“Wolanyk was arrested for refusing to complete the security process and for recording the incident on his iPhone, according to his attorney.”
This is yet another example of how strict adherence to bureaucratic rules is rendering the TSA and its airport security procedures absurd in a way that is making them immune to the power of satire. Samuel Wolanyk was only trying to show that he had nothing to hide. The TSA gropers were having none of it, however, and needed for Wolanyk to get his clothes back on so that he could be fondled in the proper, approved manner.
One wonders if a jury of his peers would ever convict Wolanyk.
However, Wolanyk’s brave act of civil disobedience, which will surely go down in history along with lunch counter sit-downs during the civil rights protests, will doubtless inspire other, similar acts.
A friend, who prefers to remain anonymous and who belongs to a nudist group, suggests that airline passengers show up wearing skimpy bathing suits as street clothes in order to show the absurdity of TSA security pat downs. Will they still run their hands up and down nearly naked bodies looking for invisible bombs, guns, or nail clippers?
There was the case of the young boy who was stripped to his waist because he was too shy to lift his arms in the approved manner when being wanded. It is fortunate that it was not a young girl, like the 3-year-old who was patted down/fondled while screaming in her mother’s arms.
People who insist that proper security procedures must be followed, regardless of how absurd or evil they are, brings to mind the story of Jesus. The Pharisees caught him gathering food to eat while on the Sabbath and admonished him. He responded, “Was the Sabbath created for man or was man created for the Sabbath?”
So, fast forward from 1st century Judea to 21st century America; has airport security been created for airline passengers, or have airline passengers been created for airport security? Inquiring minds await the response of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Barack Obama.
Sources: Passenger Chooses Strip-Down Over Pat-Down, R. Stickney, NBC San Diego, November 22nd, 2010
Young Boy strip searched by TSA, YouTube, November 19th, 2010