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Texas House Bans Offensive Security Pat-Downs

Texas House Bans Offensive Security Pat-Downs

May 13, 2011 6:44 AM

A TSA agent waits for passengers to pass through a magnetometer at Los Angeles International Airport on November 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

A TSA agent waits for passengers to pass through a magnetometer at Los Angeles International Airport on November 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas House passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.

Approved late Thursday night, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.

It also prohibits searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”

The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. David Simpson, who said, “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”

He believes it will keep Transportation Security Administration officials from treating travelers like criminals, though the measure may be superseded by federal law.

After a brief but raucous debate, lawmakers approved the measure with little opposition — drawing applause from supporters.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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-Eilish-

Asked by -Eilish- at 10:57 AM on May. 13, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (11)
  • I just read this. I am so loving this super majority the Republicans have. :)
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:01 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • I think the feds will try to slap it down...but I think it is great. There is no need whatsoever to grope the privates of people without just cause. I hope we see more and more states standing up for their rights and the rights of their citizens.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:01 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • ..oops..meant to say PROBABLE cause.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:02 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • This so makes me want to move to Texas.
    Dkhilly

    Answer by Dkhilly at 11:52 AM on May. 13, 2011

  • – collapse
    This means the terrorists will fly into Texas Airports. Good job,Texas.
    Uptight and paranoid.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 12:05 PM on May. 13, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • How many terrorists have the TSA caught to date, minne?

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:11 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • I don't think so gert....remember in Texas everybody is packing.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:33 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • If Dyess wasn't a bad base, I'd see if my hub couldn't get stationed there instead :D
    hopeandglory53

    Answer by hopeandglory53 at 12:48 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • Just one more "check" mark in the "move to Texas" column!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:00 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • Umm, this is dumb redundant legislation. I've been patted down at an airport and nothing about it was inappropriate.
    Kitkat61277

    Answer by Kitkat61277 at 11:25 PM on May. 13, 2011

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