Texas bill to restrict invasive airport security measures at state airportsMarch 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: Star Telegram
A bipartisan group of more than 20 state lawmakers have signed on in support of measures to ban the TSA from using controversial screening procedures in Texas airports.
State Reps. David Simpson, R-Longview, and Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, have gotten about 20 fellow legislators to co-author bills the pair filed last week banning the use of full-body scanners and invasive pat-down searches on fliers.
The supporters include lawmakers on opposite ends of the political spectrum, including Fort Worth Democrat Lon Burnam, one of the most liberal members of the Legislature, and Tyler Republican Leo Berman, a staunch social conservative.
The TSA said it does not comment on pending legislation.
However, there is some question about whether the Legislature can regulate federal activities in Texas airports, particularly activities of the TSA. [Full story]