Texas Bill Would Ban Invasive TSA Pat Downs
Feds torpedoed previous version after threat to impose blockade
Paul Joseph Watson
November 12, 2012
A new bill introduced today by Rep. David Simpson (R-Longwood) 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.