State Senate Passes Weakened Airport Groping Bill

107077113 State Senate Passes Weakened Airport Groping Bill

A TSA agent waits for passengers to pass through a magnetometer at Los Angeles International Airport on November 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)


AUSTIN (AP)- A Texas Senate committee has passed a weakened version of a bill criminalizing intrusive security pat-downs at airports, angering many of the people who showed up to support it.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

The measure makes it a criminal offense for security to touch a person’s sexual organs and other sensitive areas. But the version passed Monday by the Senate committee on Transportation and Homeland Security gives officials wide latitude to conduct the searches without breaking the law.

The change angered many members of the public who expected to testify in support of the bill. Several witnesses said the changes make the law unenforceable.

Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican, disagreed, saying the bill sends a message to federal authorities to change their security pat-down policies.

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  • Rick McDaniel

    Another symbolic gesture, that in the end, will be meaningless.

    The Feds will continue to do as they please.

  • J D Matthews

    Good. Maybe only a smiling stock instead of a laughing stock. We manage to rape the schools
    subvert alll the health care dollars, but cannot be bothered with bill to protect drivers from idiots who want to text at 80 mph. Should a bomb make it through at a Texas Airport Dan Patrick and Rick Perry would be first in line to blame
    Washington. This entire bill has been a double whammy waste of time and money to feed a few ego’s. Why on earth would Dan Patrick care
    about being touched below the belt, in his case there is nothing there/.

  • schrodinger

    Love the pic of the phaggy looking TSA goon as he’s gloving up, and not a single jar os vaseline anywhere is sight.

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