Alex Jones Detained By TSA
by Paul Joseph Watson
show host and ardent Homeland Security critic Alex Jones was detained
by the TSA at Austin-Bergstrom airport earlier today and threatened
with arrest for refusing to take his shoes off at a security checkpoint.
New York to appear on CNNs Piers Morgan Tonight, Jones
had already showed his ID as he approached the metal detector. Jones
and colleague Rob Dew noticed that a large number of people across
all age ranges were not removing their shoes as they walked through
the metal detector. The x-ray body scanners were not in use.
As soon as
he approached security, Jones was addressed by a TSA screener who
said, Hello Mr. Jones, indicating that she knew who
he was, and immediately ordered him to remove his shoes.
refused, citing the fact that innumerable other people had not removed
their shoes, the TSA screener claimed that only under 12?s and over
75?s were not mandated to remove footwear under TSA policy.
contested the point, arguing that numerous travelers in their 40?s
had not removed their shoes, other TSA agents ordered him to take
off his shoes, before Jones was approached by a police officer who
immediately got in his face and started threatening him with arrest.
protests that he was clearly being discriminated against because
he was a known critic of the TSA (the rest of the TSA screeners
also knew him by name), the officer growled, Take your damn
shoes off or Im gonna arrest you.
Not even giving
Jones the option to leave the airport, the cop continued with threats
to arrest Jones and prevent him from flying as the radio host threatened
to file a lawsuit for civil rights violations.
One of Jones
primary concerns regarding the removal of shoes was the fact that
he had caught athletes foot from that very process in another airport
years previously, meaning that he now carries a spare pair of socks
to change into when he boards the aircraft.
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