I apologize if this is the wrong place to post. A friend and I took a 18 day trip to Europe, using Delta's non-stop PIT-CDG-PIT flights. PIT is an airport that requires you to go through a TSA screening in order to leave the airport after clearing immigration and customs, regardless if you have a connecting flight or not. My friend and I agreed before we left the U.S. that we would not submit to a TSA search or any of the baggage stuff since we wanted to leave the airport. So, we landed back in PIT on October 6, we took a deep breath, and stuck to our guns. Once out of customs, I started the audio recording on my cell phone and we walked into the next area. We were immediately accosted by a rude Delta baggage person demanding our bags. We refused. He yelled at us. I told him to get TSA or his supervisor, but I wasn’t giving him my bag. He sent the TSA baggage screener over to us, he told us we had to do this because of the airport design. I said we wanted a police escort out. He said he’d call his supervisor. We were allowed to move more into the room, and that’s where we stayed until escorted out. A Delta rep tried to get us to give up our bags, but once we explained that we were requesting an escort out, he didn’t try to convince us to do anything else. The two-striper showed up, and explained the airport setup and why we had to go through security. I said I wanted an escort out, because I was leaving the airport and as such, there was no reason or authority to screen. He told us he’d call his manager and the police. We saw him on the phone over by the screening area, and then when the police arrived, he talked to him for a few minutes. The officer then got on the phone and the two-striper returned to us and asked why we were refusing screening, and asked if they found us a container for our duty-free liquids, would we go through screening? I told him that I was refusing because I wasn’t flying again, I wanted to go to the car, and there was no authority to screen someone who didn’t want into the sterile area and wasn’t flying again. I also said that I wasn’t handing my bag over to that Delta baggage jerk to break things or risk theft by anyone, nor risking a pat down. I also told him I specifically picked this flight to avoid the TSA. He just said okay. The two-striper did comment that we were only the second refusal ever and this was very odd. I replied that I found it more odd that I’ve seen nothing but upset, confused and angry passengers over this entire rescreening process since nearly everyone was leaving the airport, but none refused it. He had nothing to say to that, and eventually went back to his station when the police officer came over. The first police officer explained the issue with the airport set up. We agreed it was a bad arrangement, but unfortunately, the airport design problem and the creation of the TSA didn’t mean we had to undergo an unnecessary screening. He agreed, and said there were two officers on their way down to escort us out. At this point, a woman in civilian clothes came over and said “they” needed our boarding passes and ID. I asked why. No answer. I asked who she was, no answer. I asked who “they” were. She just waved at the screening area and I didn’t know who she was waving towards. At this point I said I wasn’t giving them my ID or my boarding pass since I just wanted to leave the airport and that I wasn’t going to be added to some list for simply declining an unnecessary screening . She just waved again over at the area with the phone and said “they” said “they” need your ID and boarding pass. I replied that she better get “they” over here, because “they” don’t need my ID. She left. “They” never materialized. The two other officers then arrived, and they asked why we were declining the screening. We explained again. They said okay. They wanted a DL. We gave them our passports. They were fine with that. They assured us they were not giving our info to the TSA/DHS, but they did have to write up their own internal report since they were called down there. He also said they hate dealing with the TSA, too, and they were not going to hand our information over to them. Told us a couple of stories of the TSA ridiculousness. In any case, all he wrote down was our names, ultimately. They didn’t insist on our DLs or boarding passes and they didn’t take our passports for photocopying. Once they were finished writing our names down, they were about to escort us out when a different woman in civilian clothing came over. She didn’t speak to us, but only to the officers, telling them we’d have to wait until the next flight landed and cleared security before we could leave. I heard that and started saying, “Are you detaining…” but the cop closest to me just kind of waved me off, gave a wink, and muttered, “don’t worry.” He went out to the Customs area, while the other officer listened to the TSA woman. I did hear the officer tell her that it would only take a minute to escort us out, and there was still the original officer we spoke to on duty so it really wasn’t hurting the TSA for them to take us out. She eventually walked away and just watched us from the screening area. The other officer returned and said to follow him, as Customs would let us leave through their door. The second TSA woman was left sputtering nonsensical noises behind us. We got a thumbs up from on CBP officer as we walked through. In under a minute, we were at the tram. We rode the tram, got off, walked the 20 feet, and we were on the non-sterile side. At this point, the police officer said, “Now that you are out of there, can I ask you how this all got started?” And we told him – we simply told TSA #1 that we wanted an escort, we were told to stand where you found us, repeated our request to a different employee, and eventually you guys showed up. He said that when the call came in, they were told we were causing a disturbance (we both were quite miffed at this characterization, to which the cop shut us down and told us he was on our side on this), so when he arrived, he was not prepared for a couple standing around looking at my e-mail on my Smartphone, and for us being quiet, calm and polite. We told him we’d never raised our voices, we were polite, we didn’t use foul language, we didn’t interfere with screening, we didn’t try to talk to our fellow passengers, and we never moved from our directed location, and the TSA for the most part were polite as well. The officer also said the TSA said I was video’ing them. I told them I was not taking video at all, which was true. Admittedly, I did not tell him I had recorded audio of the TSA interaction. He walked down to the car rental station with us, telling us he doesn’t fly any more – he drives the family to the coast and Disneyworld. Anyway, he bid us farewell. I got my rental car stuff, said goodbye to my friend who was picked up a local friend. And then I promptly had ran a toll booth because I didn’t have a cent on me, and I didn’t think I was going on a toll road. GPS… not my friend in this instance. I’m probably on a watch list for that! All in all, we were escorted out in about 35 minutes and on our way after about 40 minutes. The three TSA employees who spoke with us were polite. The three Allegheny County Police officers were polite and friendly. Not a lot of fuss . Perhaps RedSnapper’s experience (as posted at the other board) was fresh in their minds. And I’d do it again. That's one line I won't let the TSA force me to cross. Their searches are already over the line. Being search for absolutely no reason besides poor airport design and a airport manager that can't think of another way to get passengers out without having the TSA molest them is well over the line for me. ETF: A couple spelling errors.