AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) – A Texas lawmaker wants to make full body searches at the airport illegal in the Lone Star State.
Representative David Simpson (R) of Longview says the TSA security searches, or “pat-downs”, have escalated to the point where they are a violation of the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution. “Don’t touch someone’s private parts,” says Simpson, “either through clothing or directly. Reasonable people find that offensive, and I think even the TSA agents themselves are being dehumanized.”
Simpson has filed House Bill 1937 which would make the enhanced searches a state crime and the agents who perform them could be charged with a felony.
Simpson also thinks the full-body x-ray scanning machines are just as bad. He has filed another bill, House Bill 1938, that would ban them from use in airports across Texas.
Rep. Simpson on 1080 KRLD – Part 1
Rep. Simpson on 1080 KRLD – Part 2