Jesse Ventura Sues Over Airport Pat-Downs

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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