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Texas becomes first state to ban 'intrusive' TSA security pat downs

From the Daily Mail.
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Texas has become the first state to ban intrusive airport security pat downs.

The bill, passed late last night, aims to make touching travellers in an ‘inappropriate’ way during searches a criminal offence.

The measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting pat-downs to touch ‘the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person’ including through clothing.

Humiliating: A man endures a pat-down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in front of a crowdHumiliating: A man endures a pat-down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in front of a crowd

It also prohibits searches ‘that would be offensive to a reasonable person.’

‘This (bill) has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches,’ Republican Representative David Simpson, the bill’s chief sponsor said.

He believes it will keep TSA officials from treating travellers like criminals.

Disturbing: A photograph, showing a baby being subjected to a full-body search by airport security caused outrage when it was posted online

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1386825/Texas-state-ban-airport-security-pat-downs-look-follow-suit.html#ixzz1Mc7FT5Uz

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