Texas legislators take aim at airport searches, consider opting out of federal security

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Let's just get it passed!

    Jezebel: Texas Bill Would Make It Illegal for the TSA to Grope Your Tingly Bits

    Nothing proves the terrorists have won more than the Great American TSA Experience. Everybody gets to feel embarrassed about their gross toenails/mismatched socks as you walk through a gigantic radiation machine that lets someone in an office somewhere look at your nipples, and a there's good chance that someone will pat your hoo-ha at the other end.

    But Rep. David Simpson of Longview, TX isn't going to let the terrorists win, at least not when it comes to our tingly bits. The Texas Legislature heard testimony on Wednesday in support of a bill that would criminalize excessive touching by TSA agents during airport security pat-downs in Texas. Originally introduced in 2011 and passed by the House, the bill was dismissed after the federal government threatened to shut down all airports in Texas because TSA officials could face charges for doing their whole patting-your-entire-body routine.

    Simpson reintroduced the bill in January, only this time with less stringent measures. The new version of the bill allows for security agents to incidentally touch those body parts that make Simpson and his supporters nervy, but clarifies that the bill would criminalize deliberately touching inappropriately. IDK who decides the difference between accidental and accidentally-on-purpose private part touching, but people seem to think this bill has more of a chance.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Dallas Morning News: Texas legislators take aim at airport searches, consider opting out of federal security

    Lawmakers took aim at airport pat-downs Wednesday, considering proposals to opt out of federal protection at all Texas airports and criminalize aggressive body checks. Similar debate two years ago led to threats by federal aviation officials of the possibility of shutting down the state’s airports because of security ...
     
  3. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Come on Texas Legislators grow a set and hold your ground instead of wussing out!
     
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  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Like they did last time, when TSA threatened to shut down all airports in Texas.

    My response would be to arrest every freedom fluffer in the state if they pulled that :trash: and reopen the airports.
     
  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I applaud the attempt but expect that this and the KS bill will likely die in committee or fail at the legsilative level. Nonetheless, it doesn't hurt in that it keeps public attention on the issue and pressure on TSA for reform of their groping policies.
     
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It's just more political posturing from the same spineless wonders who flinched last time they played chicken with Big Sis and Pervy Pistole and his Dour Band of Gropers.
     
  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Eh not so sure, but it seems like my next long midweek break im gonna make a drive to austin and bend a few ears. No spines = easy grilling...Char well
     
  8. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    "incidental contact"? a loophole large enough to drive a truck through. These blue gloved criminals can claim that all day long. although it might give you grounds to call an LEO over to watch and perhaps that would back off the jackasses who get too close to the privates.
     
  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    International Business Times: Texas Bill To Make TSA Pat-Downs Illegal Returns
    Even if only a start, passage by TX would be seen as a heroic act on behalf of travelers, internationally.
     
  10. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Perhaps, but seems like a reasonable provision to keep it within legal bounds. If you bump into a woman while carrying a box and brush her chest, that wouldn't necessarily constitute groping.
     
  11. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I've lived a long time and traveled in some crowded vehicles, but I don't believe I've ever inadvertently touched someone's groin with my hands. The problem is that they are searching up where they ought not to. It is not inadvertent if they are that close to private areas. The *ssholes brought this upon themselves and us by going to the full body groping in 2010. That needs to stop or be stopped.
     

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