Depends on the airport and if your connecting flight is in another terminal. The old Dallas, Detroit, and Newark concourses used to not be fully connected between the terminals, so if you changed airlines or just had to change terminals, you had to go out and back in.
The better explanation could have been, "Sir, we didn't fully screen you as we should so we need to escort you out of the secured area if this is your final destination."
The real surprise will be when he flies next. Will the TSA realize they created a PR disaster the first time or will they retaliate?
BTW, the TSA is not a law enforcement agency (no arrest or detention powers) and cannot touch you without your permission. That's why they kept trying to get him to say yes.
It's called "Deregulation". Congress did it to the airlines and to AT&T; we can see how well *that* has worked. The airlines are competing, but it's become a crapshoot as to which one will be in business by the time you use your ticket and AT&T is fast becoming Ma Bell again.
And again, the math for their charges still doesn't work. An SMS message is literally 140 bytes long, costs about 25 cents to send at .10 cent per byte (that's one-tenth of a cent). As a contrast, a CDROM costs about .0000000003 cents per byte. That's 3 BILLIONTH's of a cent per byte on a CDROM. It cost's them NOTHING to transmit that SMS message as it's inserted into a blank space 140 bytes long in the transmission packet, built in for error checking that isn't used anymore.
The argument about not reading your contract or you should know better doesn't work when it is painfully obvious to someone who can do basic math that the profit margin on data transmission is hundreds of thousands times greater than the costs. And if my math is off by a decimal place or two, it's still obscenely greater than anything the banking or oil industry's do.
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