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J. Ventura: 'Never fly commercial again'

Nov. 4, 2011 at 6:41 PM   |   Comments

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said Friday he will "never fly commercial again" after his Transportation Security Administration lawsuit was dismissed.

Speaking outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul, Ventura, a former professional wrestler, said he would no longer fly commercially after his lawsuit against the TSA was thrown out Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

"I will never fly commercially again," Ventura told reporters Friday, adding he hasn't flown since he was body-searched at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport about a year ago.

His lawsuit was thrown out because Congress set up a law that all such challenges must be brought directly in Circuit Courts of Appeals.

"I want a trial by jury. They tell me I can have a jury decide my fate!" Ventura said. "If given a jury, I will win."

Ventura, the recipient of a titanium hip implant in 2008, charged that full-body scans or pat-downs are invasive, arguing that the TSA's policy results in an unreasonable search and seizure, violating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, the lawsuit said.

"I will not, in a free country, be treated like a criminal," Ventura said.

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