Texas lawmakers shelve bill to ban TSA pat-downs

Texas state lawmakers have shelved a bill to outlaw controversial airport pat-downs.

The legislation, which would have made it illegal for Transportation Security Administration agents to perform hand searches at airport security checkpoints unless there was probable cause, was approved by the Texas House.

But the U.S. attorney general’s office threatened to cancel flights to Texas if the bill passed, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported this week, and that was enough to give Texas senators cold feet.

Under the proposed legislation, TSA agents would have been charged with a misdemeanor crime and received a $4,000 fine and one year in jail. If it had been approved and Texas Gov. Rick Perry had signed it, it would have been the first state law restricting TSA’s security techniques.



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