Lawmaker hoping it passes this time around
If you don’t like the security pat downs at airports before you get on your flight, a bill to change that in Texas has a better chance of becoming law than it did two years ago.
Representative David Simpson’s proposal got a debate in committee earlier this week. He first proposed making it a misdemeanor for TSA officials to touch you inappropriately in 2011, but it was killed in the legislature over threats by U.S. attorney John Murphy to shut down Texas airports. Simpson told KTRH he doesn't see it going down like that again.
“If they do it’s a Gonzalez moment. I think we need to put the Fourth Amendment and Texas rights first,” Simpson said.
Murphy is now retired. Simpson's Bill was discussed and left pending in committee, but it has its supporters, like long time TSA critic Jay Stang.
“I’m definitely in favor of it. I’ve never had a grown man put his hands on me other than in the airport and get away with it,” Stang stated.
Stang says he's hoping for a different outcome this time around.
“It depends if the legislature has more of a spine than they did in 2011. They were faked out by the U.S. attorney’s letter, which was such a ridiculous bluff,” Stang explained.
Simpson told KTRH he still hears horror stories from passengers.
“You have the wounded warrior coming back from giving his limbs to protect our freedom and the TSA removes his prosthetics to put him on a plane. It’s insane. It’s indignant,” Simpson explained.
Simpson's bill would also make it a crime harass, delay, threaten or intimidate anyone who refuses to consent to a security screening.