A man, who was once erroneously included in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) no-fly list, boarded a Spirit Airlines flight just to check if he was downgraded to another list – the watchlist – by the authorities.
What later happened with him is pretty interesting. In fact, the man filmed the entire incident just to show how wrong things can go while dealing with the TSA.
Kahler Nygard, 22, made it aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Denver past weekend. It was when he landed that the security officials realized he needed to be screened – a procedure that "may or may not have been completed" in Minneapolis.
The moment he was called off the plane for a full body pat-down, Nygard started recording his encounter with the TSA staff.
"Why do you need to do more screening?" he asked. "Fly from point A to point B safe. Why do you need to do more screening?"
Since TSA officers do not have the authority to make arrests, Nygard enquires if he is being detained, or if he is free to go.
“No, you are not, sir,” an officer replies.
"I'm the only one walking off the plane," he told Fox 9 Minneapolis. "They let me fly all the way to Denver. Everyone's wondering what's going on with me. No, I have not committed a crime."
It was further reported that Nygard was indeed downgraded to another list that calls for additional checking before taking off. However that apparently didn’t happen.
Cases of negligence, inefficiency and invasive screenings by the TSA increasingly cause frustration among frequent flyers.
Last August, U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on TSA, citing a 26 percent increase in misconduct among TSA employees between 2010 and 2012.
Some of the examples of violations by the security staff included stealing stuff from people’s bags, taking bribes, reporting late for duty, sleeping during work hours and sneaking in their personal contacts/relatives to escape security screening.