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Having private parts is not probable cause for TSA to grope or body scan you


After the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed "Restrain-the-TSA" legislation, which would make invasive pat-downs a crime at Texas airports, it seemed to inject a bit of sanity into arguments of what is reasonable and unreasonable to expect from the Fourth Amendment's "right of the people to be secure in their persons . . . against unreasonable searches and seizures." Being sexually assaulted for simply choosing to fly is unreasonable. 

The Texas legislation [PDF] proposes to charge TSA agents with a misdemeanor crime, face a $4,000 fine, and one year in jail for any airport inspection that "touched the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person, including touching through clothing; or touched the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person."

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