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Texas vs. the TSA

Posted by Aaron Massey on 27 May 2011.

Kashmir Hill has an article up on Fortune about the ongoing battle between the state of Texas and the TSA:

Upset about invasive screening techniques at the airport, the Lone Star State was considering a bill that would make a TSA patdown that involves touching “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person including through the clothing” a misdemeanor, allowing Texas law enforcement to arrest TSA officials and charge them with sexual harassment. It would have meant that TSA officials could be fined $4,000 and spend up to a year in jail for doing their jobs of feeling up prospective fliers.

Texas ended up folding in the end. Still, I would rather see more states fighting for their rights and the rights of their citizens. Also, I love Ben Brooks’s suggestion to pass a law requiring airports in Texas to opt-out from using the TSA.