For every action, there is a reaction … and the TSA pat downs are about to get a backlash of reaction.
A bill in the Texas legislature is gaining momentum that would make it a felony for TSA agents to intentionally grope and touch an individuals private areas without probably cause. The TSA has recently come under fire for a multitude of bad PR as they have had videos of the groping of old and young alike. What a novel concept, to have probably cause in order to perform a search, isn’t that what the 4th Amendment was supposed to address?
Does anyone not think that the above pat down of a 6 year old girl was not a felony?
The bill would make it illegal for a security officer to intentionally touch someone’s private areas — even atop clothing — unless they have probable cause to believe the person is carrying something illegal.
Bill sponsor State Rep. David Simpson says the searches are removing people’s dignity.
Recently, a former Miss USA claimed she was groped during a pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. If this bill passes into law, such a groping would be considered a felony. State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who sponsored the bill made the following comment:
State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who sponsored the bill, said Friday that the invasive pat-down searches at airports nationwide are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches. Last fall the Transportation Security Administration implemented a new pat-down procedure that includes a security worker running a hand up the inside of passengers’ legs and along the cheek of the buttocks, as well as making direct contact with the groin area.
“We’re taking away people’s dignity and freedom,” said Simpson.