Penn at airport threatens to press charges against TSA for assault

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A blow for freedom! Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) called the cops and threatened to press charges against a TSA security agent for assault during his airport screening. Fun quote:

I tell the cop the story, in a very funny way. The cop, the voice of sanity says, “What’s wrong with you people? You can’t just grab a guy’s crank without his permission.” I tell him that my genitals weren’t grabbed and the cop says, “I don’t care, you can’t do that to people. That’s assault and battery in my book.”

The story gets even crazier afterward, when a pr gal from the TSA calls Penn and tries to placate him. This quote is especially telling:

“If you give me your itinerary every time you fly, I’ll be at the airport with you and we can make sure it’s very pleasant for you.”

Update: I just realized that this event occurred in 2002, so it isn’t part of the recent TSA craziness, only past TSA craziness that is as unacceptable as the new TSA craziness.



  • Al Dente

    Hey Robert!

    The TSA launched their Program to Examine Random Voyagers (PERV) this morning – SHOCKING story at:

    Peace! :-)

  • PECB

    Time to utilize airtravel options not affected by TSA B.S. — check with your local private pilots & small airports, charter services, and regional carriers that structure their ops to avoid as much Federal B.S. as possibile.

    NOTE: Private Charter can be surprisingly affordable, especially when done as a group. Also, if you fly alot, you might want to get together with some friends and a local pilot and form some sort of group ownership of an aircraft. Some recommended, affordable, capable aircraft for various needs: Cessna 206 & 210, Cessna Caravan, King Air 90, 100, & 200.

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