Friday, May 13, 2011
It’s a rare day I agree with anything out of Texas but this is one of them.
The Texas House passed a bill that makes it a criminal offense for TSA agents to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.
Approved Thursday, the measure makes it illegal for TSA agents to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.
The bill’s chief sponsor is Rep. David Simpson, who said, “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”
He believes the bill will keep Transportation Security Administration officials from treating travelers like criminals, though the measure may be superseded by federal law.
After a brief debate, lawmakers approved the measure with little opposition.