TSA pat-down protesters rally at Texas Capitol




Posted on June 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 6 at 10:05 AM

Dozens rallying to stop pat-downs at airport security lines rallied at the State Capitol Sunday.

The group, Texans for Accountable Government, wants a bill that would stop pat-downs to be revisited during the special session.
Supporters believe those searches violate their constitutional rights.
“There's a group of people that are sick and tired of their families, children and themselves groped by the TSA,“ said group spokesperson Laura Pressley.
A bill to make those pat-downs a crime was introduced by Representative David Simpson, a Republican from Longview.
"There is no federal law that we are contravening. There is no federal law that requires that they touch us in our private parts as a condition of travel. That's outrageous. Police officers can't even do," said Simpson.
The bill passed the House, but it stalled in the Senate because federal regulators are threatening to shut down flights from Texas if the bill is passed.

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