Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going after TSA's screening procedures one more time. But if he wins, it's us passengers that might lose.
Perry is reviving a state bill that would criminalize intrusive pat-downs from TSA employees. The bill originally was killed during the legislature’s regular session because authorities worried that such a law would result in canceled flights.
The original bill would have made it illegal for TSA officials to touch a passenger’s "the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person," including through clothing, according to the Huffington Post. The legality of that type of search, Perry argues, should be under each state’s jurisdiction.
TSA maintains that its enhanced patdowns are necessary, especially in places like Texas, where most airports lack advanced screening technology.
John Murphy, a U.S. attorney in Texas, has pointed out to lawmakers that the bill may interfere with TSA’s ability to ensure traveler safety.
“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," he said.
I'm all for TSA accountability. But as a resident of the Dallas area, I'd prefer it if we kept Texas flights up and running.