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Posted by sabrina 1 in General Discussion
Sat May 14th 2011, 02:37 AM

Humiliating: A man endures a pat-down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in front of a crowd

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13...


Texas becomes first state to ban 'intrusive' TSA security pat downs

Texas has become the first state to ban intrusive airport security pat downs.

The bill, passed late last night, aims to make touching travellers in an 'inappropriate' way during searches a criminal offence.
The measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting pat-downs 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.'

'This (bill) has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches,' Republican Representative David Simpson, the bill's chief sponsor said.


The bill won't supercede Federal Law, because the Senate has not acted on it yet. But it's a first step towards getting rid of these abuses and it's good to see that so many people are disgusted by them.

Simpson says he hopes the bill will keep TSA officials from treating travellers like criminals.

Alaska passed a similar resolution in March and six other states including NJ, NY, NH and Hawaii are looking at banning the Rapiscans and patdowns from their states also.

In New Hampshire the proposed bill would make 'touching or viewing of a person's breasts or genitals' by airport security staff a sexual assault, is still languishing at the committee stage'.

The NH bill's co-sponsor Representative Andrew Manuse, who is completely opposed to the practices had this to say about the issue:

"Let's put their name on the sex offender registry, and maybe that will tell them New Hampshire means business".



Several lawsuits have also been filed claiming violations of 4th Amendment rights.

This appears to be a bi-partisan issue. Both Republicans and Democrats are disturbed by these abuses.



Lots of anger over this across the country and photos like this of a little baby being patted down don't help people feel any better about it.

The country seems to be losing its mind, but in reality, the American people are not to blame and appear to be about to put a stop to all this nonsense.




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