Texas Bill Would Outlaw TSA Pat-Downs
Published : Friday, 29 Apr 2011, 5:42 PM CDT
AUSTIN – A former Miss USA’s claims of being groped during a pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport could be a criminal matter under a bill gaining momentum in the Texas Legislature.
If HB 1937 becomes Texas law, i t would be a felony for a security officer to intentionally touch someone’s private areas — even on top of clothing — unless he has probable cause to believe the person is carrying something illegal.
The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) , says the invasive pat-down searches at airports are taking away people’s dignity.
Last fall the Transportation Security Administration started a new pat-down procedure.
TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball says the agency doesn’t comment on pending legislation. But he says the current security measures are the best ways to mitigate the risk of terrorism.