Round 2: Texas Bill Would Ban Invasive TSA Pat Downs

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    A new bill introduced today by Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) would criminalize invasive TSA pat downs in Texas and put the Lone Star State on course for another collision with the feds who last year torpedoed similar legislation after threatening to impose a federal air blockade.
    The Texas Travel Freedom Act, House Bill 80, would ban the very procedure that has caused rancor across the country, namely any pat down that, “touches the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing.”
    The bill would also make it an offense for a TSA screener, or indeed any federal employee, to remove, “A child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of a parent or guardian of the child or a person standing in the stead of a parent or guardian of the child.”
    This would put an end to the TSA’s penchant for separating children from their parents when conducting invasive pat downs on minors.
    The bill would also punish any federal employee who, “harasses, delays, coerces, threatens, intimidates, or effectively denies or conditions access to the other person because of the other person’s refusal to consent to” the invasive pat down.
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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I haven't read the bill yet but if it limits TSA I would hope it passes. Might have little real impact but sometimes sending a message is enough.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Tenth Amendment Center: Rematch: Texas takes on the TSA Again


    Eventually some of these efforts will take hold.
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  4. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I hope the gutless ninnies follow through this time.
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  5. Al Coholic

    Al Coholic Member

    Texas Penal Code 39.03 is a curious document: I am sure that a whole bunch of (expletive deleted) can be prosecuted if one could find an enterprising enough DA.

    Edit: I did not realize that the bill was in fact an amendment to 39.03. It just might fly.
  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I, too, hope this attempt fares better.

    Since the last, though, we've had Andrea Abbott, Yukari Miyamae, John Brennan and Michelle Dinaj, to name but a few. There was also the Zimmermann incident last winter and many more.

    Public opinion of TSA is about out of goodwill and patience. I have a feeling this will not be opposed by nearly as many apologists.
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  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    It would be nice to get a provision also for justifiable means of self defense should a clerk touch those areas.
  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I've wanted the same thing for years with regard to retail receipt-checkers, and would even support lethal-force immunity in some cases of unlawful imprisonment, like this.

    While I don't think we'll ever see travelers protected in cases of actually killing screeners who touch them (though I'd be that one not-guilty holdout on a jury trying a parent who killed a smurf-clerk for molesting their kid), I'd love to see reasonable physical force employed against smurf-clerks be ruled (or legislated) justifiable self defense.
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  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Tenth Amendment Center: Will Texas Nullify Both NDAA and TSA?

    The Texas legislature will take up two bills designed to protect basic civil liberties in the Lone Star State during the 2013 legislative session. On Monday morning, Rep. David Simpson (R-Longwood) prefiled The Texas Travel Freedom Act (House Bill 80). If passed, the law would make it a criminal act to intentionally touch “the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing,” without probable cause in the process of determining whether to grant someone access to a public venue or means of public transportation.
    The measure also forbids removing a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of a parent or guardian. The act would put an end to the most intrusive pat-down searches conducted by the TSA.


    The Texas legislature will also consider a bill that would block any attempt to indefinitely detain people in Texas under sections of the National Defense Authorization Act. Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) prefiled House Bill 149, which declares ...
  10. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    thanks for posting that info. encouraging news.
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    When a TSA Fluffer goes for the genitals they should be charged for assault under color of authority.
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