State legistlator says don't mess with Texas air passengers 

Republican Rep. David Simpson of the Texas state legislature has introduced two bills intended to eliminate the TSA's new intrusive methods of screening at airports. HB 1938 would make it illegal to install or operate a body scanning image with a penalty of up to $1,000 for day day of violation. HB 1937 would introduce the threat of jail time for a non-consensual patdown without probable cause.
The relevant language:
HB 1938:
(b) An airport operator may not allow body imaging scanning equipment to be installed or operated in any airport in this state.
(c) An airport operator commits an offense if the operator fails to comply with Subsection (b).
(d) An airport operator who commits an offense under Subsection (c) is subject to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $1,000 for each day of the violation.

HB 1937:
(3) as part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation, intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(A) searches another person without probable cause to believe the person committed an offense; and
(B) touches the anus, sexual organ, or breasts of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.
(f) …. An offense under Subsection (a)(3) is a state jail felony.
It looks like the state is serious when they say dont mess with Texas.
Bonus: You can read up on how effective these scanners are at catching box cutters or even guns (For those short on time: not very).

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