Texas Legislature Looks To Make TSA Groping Procedures Illegal

from the don't-mess-with-texas dept

We've discussed an attempt in New Hampshire to make TSA agents liable to be accused of sexual assault for patdowns, and now we learn that a bill is making its way through the Texas legislature that would criminalize the aggressive groping procedures, if there is no "probable cause." That choice of words is obviously quite intentional, as the idea is to refer back to the 4th Amendment. Unfortunately, courts have not found that such airport searches violate the 4th Amendment, though they've become ever more intrusive over the years.

The big question, of course, is what happens if this bill passes and becomes a law (apparently it has a large number of co-sponsors). It would create a difficult position for TSA agents in Texas, and I imagine a lawsuit would eventually be needed to resolve things. But all of that depends on whether or not the bill will ever actually pass. I could definitely see the White House putting pressure on Texas' governor to veto the bill... Still, with various states now looking to pass laws against these procedures, isn't it time the administration and the TSA reconsider these procedures?

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    puggugly, 3 May 2011 @ 10:55am

    Re: it all makes sense in a way

    Umm regarding the "security" aspect, name one instance where the groping has actually stopped anything. I don't see it improving security as the only publicized instances of a plot being stopped happened on the plane itself (the underwear and shoe bombers) or prior to the person entering the US and being groped. A scanner might have picked up the shoes and underwear but groping was unlikely to even with underwear boy unless the agent used a good, quality grab.

    My guess is these gropings are doing nothing more then finding toy guns belonging to toys, nail clippers and other junk (no pun intended).

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