They have not attempted to subvert the screening procedures, nor have they attempted to defraud them. Had the individual attempted to unlawfully penetrate the security barrier willfully disguising illegal materials then it is of course a different case. (Which by the way, if it is the case, I'm totally fine with throwing the book at said person.)
But friend, that is NOT what is happening.
President Obama and the TSA have a fundamental problem. They treat all Americans as though we are all terrorists.
They do so for all the political capital they would lose from their far left progressive base if they were to ever institute even modified profiling procedures.
Which by the way, works!
In Israel you can carry liquids on to the plane, they don't do electronic strip searches, they don't perform sexual assault (the unwanted touch of any individual against any other person's genitals) on their travelers, and they have a perfect security record for several decades now. All of this while being the number one target for terrorist activity in the world.
So why are we willing to levy $11,000 fines, unlawful detention, and arrest against our own people if "We The People" refuse to be photographed naked, or have our genitals handled against our will and in several documented cases quite roughly?
Mr. President, next time please have a better observation than to say, "That's a tough situation!"
We're not pleased, and we're not kidding.