Utah lawmaker looking to stop TSA searches

May 31, 2011 at 7:14 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Daily Herald

A Utah lawmaker is looking to follow the Texas State Legislature in proposing a law that bans searches by airport security officials on airline passengers.

Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, has opened a bill file that states Transportation Security Administration agents would not be exempt from the same requirements that a law enforcement official has when trying to perform a search on a person.

Wimmer says that the U.S. attorney is wrong in saying the federal government has supremacy in the matter. Wimmer says the issue has morphed from being a 4th Amendment issue — the amendment protecting citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures — and has become a 10th Amendment issue in protecting states’ rights. [Full story]

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