Jesse Ventura Sues Over Airport Pat-Downs

Posted Jan 25th 2011 10:15 AMUpdated Jan 25th 2011 11:28 AM


Jesse Ventura is looking for a smackdown with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over airport security pat-downs.

The former Minnesota governor has filed suit against the TSA and Department of Homeland Security alleging methods used at airport security checkpoints constitute unreasonable search and seizure.

Ventura cites an incident at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in November, where he says a pat-down at security got way too intimate.

In his suit, Ventura, a former pro wrestler, says he was pulled aside because his titanium hip replacement set off alarms. Rather than being scanned with a hand-held wand, he says he was subjected to an intrusive pat-down that "exposed him to humiliation and degradation through unwanted touching, gripping and rubbing of the intimate areas of his body."

Ventura, who was governor of Minnesota from 1999 through 2002, says such searches not only intrude on his "personal privacy and dignity" but cause him to be concerned about his "personal health and well-being."

Ventura asked a federal judge in Minnesota to issue an injunction so he would no longer be subjected to "warrantless and suspicionless" scans and searches.

The 12-page suit also takes on full body scanners.

Ventura's lawyer, David Olsen, tells KSTP-TV Ventura believes airport security procedures are going too far.

"He's made a decision that someone needs to make a stand and he's not one to back down from a fight," said Olsen. "He sees the erosion of civil liberties here and he's willing to stand up not only for himself, but for others."

The suit names Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole as defendants.

A TSA spokesman says the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

Ventura is now host of the TV show "Conspiracy Theory."

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GO JESSIE!!!!..Sue the pants of those "homeland security" bastards. The TSA and the Office of Homeland Security are nothing but reincarnations of the old Soviet Union Secret Police. They do whatever they want with no accountability whatsoever. Who polices the police? What hapened to the constitutional provisions of unreasonable search and seizure, or privacy?

July 20 2011 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well said. I only got three stars too. Would have given you *6. Thank You.

March 03 2011 at 6:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank You, Your Honor. It is about time a person with some clout took a step up for the common man. It isn't even close what they are doing at U.S. airports. I travel the world and the International security, is well mannered and not afraid of their own shadow. Three cheers for former Gov. Jesse Ventura and many thanks. God Bless You. The Lord will see that you prevail in this quest for us to regain our human rights.

March 03 2011 at 6:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I support Jesse's lawsuit and I am glad he is willing to take a stand for all americans. The government is intruding into our business way too far. I do believe that the way they are performing the pat downs does constitute a sexual assault, and if I choose to fly somewhere I do not want to be subjected to that, and driving isn't always an option.

March 03 2011 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You know what. I get tired of being told I'm some kind of Troglodyte because I refuse to pay for the pleasure of other people sticking their hands where they don't belong. The fact of the matter is people, you -AREN'T- safer just because they have all that crap, no the terrorists just have something new to create now. Something that won't show up on the scanner and can't be felt in a search.

It's like piracy, if there is a will there is a way. You won't ever be safer, the only thing that's happening is now you're being invaded every time you fly and the terrorist will -STILL- get on board. If you really believe you're actually safe, you're kidding yourself about how determined the terrorists are.

When they started using metal detection scanners to catch plane hijackers you know what happened? The hijackers created porcelain guns. They created guns that would not set off the detectors. The terrorists will just find a new undetectable method.

The only people who will suffer this stuff are normal citizens people who aren't doing anything wrong. Like you, they will believe they are safe until their plane is going down and they realize that the terrorists found a way to get their bomb on the plane anyways.

Personally I'll continue to drive but I've been doing that long before 9/11. I chose driving because it's a far more entertaining means of travel. I would not have met the people I've met in my life, if I had flown from one destination to the next. As a writer, those experiences are invaluable to me.

February 02 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mark Lathom

There's no such thing as a porcelain gun, you've watched Die Hard 2 too many times.

July 20 2011 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The FBI has been able to sneak guns, knives and boxcutters (9/11 anyone?) through the scanners and the pat-downs. If some jihadist fool is determined to blow up a plane it will happen. In the mean time all of these (accidentally on purpose?) near misses only serve to restrict our freedoms and impune our dignity further and further. The terrorists are laughing because they have managed to impact American lives big time. So all of you feeling smug and righteous about "protecting the flying public" by submitting to Chertof's scheme to make money and expose yourselves to extra radiation that no independent testing firm has actually been allowed to measure ought to consider this comment from a REAL patriot:
"Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."
Benjamin Franklin

January 27 2011 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You gonna sue the airline because of a pat down to make your flight safe?? Thats stupid. You wanna sue the airline if somebody get on there w/ a gun or explosive & kills someone on board then wine & complain saying the airlines are not doing enough?? You can't have it both ways. You can't say just because I am rich & famous that I get a free pass.

January 27 2011 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He looks like Bozo the Clown. The people of Minn should be embarassed. First a pro wrestler, then a complete bonehead Al Franken. Like going to the zoo to watch these two buffoons. People should have to take a competency test to vote in Minn, or everywhere for that matter!

January 27 2011 at 8:20 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

This is such BS. If TSA didn't pat him down after the alarm he would have sued for not doing their job. People are just looking for a reason to sue anybody. After seeing firsthand the devastation of 9/11, I welcome security. Years ago it was a luxury to fly, now, anyone can scrape up $75 and get on and along with it comes washed up ex-wrestlers. Jessie, fight drug dealers or solve the homeless problem instead of taking on such a BS lawsuit.

January 26 2011 at 8:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

There is no civil liberty being violated here, you don't have to fly. If you don't want to be searched, don't fly. It seems odd that someone who went to great efforts to "protect his fellow Americans" in the military would take this view on this now. They are only trying to protect us. Again Jesse, I voted for you but you are so wrong on this. Get over it I have seen you on tv forcing a mans head between your legs for a wrestling move while you were wearing tights and had just taken off your feather boa. If the search at the airport embarassed you you better go to utube and check it out. Again if you dont like the search take a train or a bus.

January 26 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply