Having private parts is not probable cause for TSA to grope or body scan you

Network World
May 24, 2011

While Texas pushes to outlaw TSA groping, EPIC files a lawsuit against Homeland Security for withholding documents about expanding the use of mobile body scanners into crowds of moving people.

After the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed “Restrain-the-TSA legislation, which would make invasive pat-downs a crime at Texas airports, it seemed to inject a bit of sanity into arguments of what is reasonable and unreasonable to expect from the Fourth Amendment’s “right of the people to be secure in their persons . . . against unreasonable searches and seizures. Being sexually assaulted for simply choosing to fly is unreasonable.

The Texas legislation [PDF] proposes to charge TSA agents with a misdemeanor crime, face a $4,000 fine, and one year in jail for any airport inspection that touched the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person, including touching through clothing; or touched the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.

The Washington Times reported that nine other states are seeking similar legislation to defend our Constitution. “Simply traveling or having private parts is not probable cause for the TSA to think travelers have committed an offense worthy of being groped or being “ogled in virtual strip-searches via naked body scanners.

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