Yikes! You might want to be careful asking the TSA to make a complaint after reading this story. According to WPXI News, after a man asked to make a TSA complaint, he was held for 20 hours in a holding cell. He has now filed suit against the TSA, “seeking unspecified damages for what he considers a retaliatory arrest.”
TSA Detains Passenger 20 Hours After He Tries To Make Complaint
According to the story, Vanderklok was flying to a half-marathon in Miami when he was detained “after a search of energy bars and a sports watch in his carry-on bag. Vanderklok said he was arrested after asking TSA workers how to file a complaint. He said he spent nearly a day in a holding cell without being questioned by police or given the chance to call his wife, who was frantic.”
Apparently, the TSA was interested in checking out his carry-on which turned out to have a PVC pipe with power bars and a watch wrapped inside for protection.
This definitely seems to be a he said/he said situation but, regardless it doesn’t seem like being detained for 20 hours in a holding cell was warranted for this passenger. What do you think? Is this another case of a passenger acting out or the TSA over-exerting their power?