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Texas Would Make Pat-Downs Illegal Without Cause

Monday, 16 May 2011 03:50 PM

By Dan Weil

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Many Americans have voiced objections to the pat-downs that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents sometimes perform at airports, and the Texas House has taken action.

TSA, patdowns, illegal, Texas
Agents violating the rule could face a fine and jail. (Getty Images Photo)
It passed a bill making the pat-downs illegal unless there is probable cause, The Hill reports. The state Senate is now considering the legislation.

Agents violating the new rule would be charged with a misdemeanor crime, subject to a $4,000 fine and one year in jail. The House approved the bill unanimously. If the Senate and governor approve, Texas would become the first state in the nation to curb the TSA’s security methods.

“H.B. 1937 is a significant step forward in the protection of our constitutional and civil liberties,” said Republican Texas Rep. David Simpson, a sponsor of the bill. “Groping innocent citizens does little to enhance security, but it does much to reduce our freedom and dignity.”


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