TSA Earns Gestapo Nickname

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Man held 20 hours after asking to file TSA complaint

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A traveler detained for more than 20 hours after a search of energy bars and a sports watch in his carry-on bag at an airport has sued the Transportation Security Administration and accused a TSA supervisor of lying.

Architect and runner Roger 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.

“It’s difficult to lose control of your existence. That’s what it amounts to,” Vanderklok said Wednesday. “I was absolutely terrified.”

According to Vanderklok, the TSA supervisor lied to police and again in court when he said the 58-year-old runner had made a verbal threat during the January 2013 security check at Philadelphia International Airport…

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