Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is suing the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, claiming that full-body scans and pat-downs at airport security lines violated his Fourth Amendment right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.”
Ironically, the former governor and T.V. host was known as “The Body” during his days as a grappler with the World Wrestling Federation. Through his lawyers, he asked a federal judge in Minnesota yesterday to cease and desist in “warrantless and suspicion-less” scans and searches of his body.
Named in the suit are Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, and John Pistole, Transportation Security Administration administrator. The suit claims that the searches are a violation of Ventura’s “personal privacy and dignity and are a justifiable cause for him to be concerned for his personal health and well-being.
Ventura, who often travels, underwent hip replacement surgery in 2008. The titanium replacement hip began setting off metal detectors every time he went through airport security, making him want to body slam whoever was near him.
The ex-governor claims that he was caused emotional distress due to the humiliation and degradation he experienced as a result of the unwanted touching, gripping, and rubbing of the intimate areas of his body.
Ventura, however, will likely resort to the piledriver due to the TSA’s new policy, which will require airline passengers to either go through a full-body scanner or submit to a pat-down when the metal detector is set off.