U.S. gov’t threatened to ban air travel from Texas

So if you guys remember a couple of days ago Texas was trying to pass bill HB1937, that bill would ban invasive TSA pat-downs, in retaliation to that, the U.S. Government threatened to ban all air traffic flying from out of Texas.

We have become very familiar with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new procedures for screening people at the airports. They have the whole 3D body scanners and the whole pat-downs on females, children, and even babies.

Texas finally got fed up with this, and the Texas House of Representatives decided to pass HB 1937 to ban the pat downs unless there is a probable cause. The Bill will make it illegal to make contact with your “most” personal areas. Under this new law, an “improper” touch from a TSA employee would see that employee fined up to $4,000 and tossed in a Texas jail for up to a year for a misdemeanor crime.

Well, the Department of Justice really doesn’t like when states complain about new rules:

“If HR 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute. Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.”

Turns out that’s one hell of an loss for the Texas state and soon after the Department of Justice delivered the news the Texas Senate decided it wasn’t worth it and they¬† dropped the new law shortly after.

Being a resident of Texas, this is not a good move Texas come on! People already think we ride horses to the store let’s not add more fuel to the fire. To be honest though, Texas legislators weren’t fighting the law, they were fighting the Immunity that TSA screeners have when it comes to touching people inappropriately.

The law that protects the TSA Agents states “The Bill clearly states that an agent is exempt from prosecution as long as a constitutionally sanctioned federal law directs them to perform the invasive, indecent groping searches including touching breast, sexual organs, and buttocks” and that is what Texas Senators are mad about State Rep. David Simpson said “We aren’t prohibiting the pat downs, were just saying you cant go straight to third base. You have to have a reason and probably cause before you grope someone’s sexual organs” I don’t think it’s to bad if you have the same gender, it’s still bad but at least you don’t have a male “patting” down a female and vise versa, but then you look at the guy on the picture above, and he looks like he’s enjoying that a little to much …

But regardless,¬† in a way I have to agree with Texas, unless you have a legitimate reason for you to touch me in places only my wife is allowed to, just let it be. This whole groping is worse than the 3D scanning device, I don’t mind that as much as the groping. Oh well, at least we can say we tried to do something all you other states need to grow some … state man parts… Booyah!

Via: Consumerist, and Techdirt