Texan Defends Proposed Ban on ‘Intrusive’ Airport Searches
Published: June 15, 2011
The Texas House of Representatives approved a bill last month banning “intrusive” airport screening searches, but the legislation stalled in the State Senate after Washington threatened to consider halting flights to Texas if screeners were prevented from doing their jobs properly. The bill would have banned any pat-down that “touches the anus, sexual organ, buttocks or breast of another person including through the clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.” The measure might be reintroduced in the current special session of the Legislature, where its backers say it might have enough votes this time to pass the Senate. Its sponsor, Representative David Simpson, a Republican from Longview, Tex., discusses.