Texas House Bans TSA Grope Downs

NBC Fort Worth
Friday, May 13, 2011

The Texas House passed a bill late Thursday night that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.

The measure would make it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person¯ including through clothing.

It also prohibits searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.¯

The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. David Simpson, who said, “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.¯

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