i’m never flying through texas again: texas passes an airport anti-groping law


I ASK YOU, what is the point of getting pat-down by a Transportation Security Administration [TSA] agent if you don’t get a little something-something every now and again?  As someone who gets stopped and pat-down at least 75% of the time, I for one am outraged [!!] that the Texas House of Representatives and Senate this week passed legislation to make TSA security pat-downs at the airport a crime if it involves touching a person’s junk [or as Reuters delicately and puritanically puts it, a passenger’s private areas].

While a few revisions need to be made, this law is expected to make it to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s desk very soon, and will be one of the first laws to challenge the TSA’s national policies.  This squares with the Tea Party’s ideological wave of anti-government regulation and interference [except of course when it comes to a person’s bedroom or womb].  The law, among other things, is meant to lessen the “humiliation” of plane travelers [what about rejection – isn’t that even more humiliating?], and would require officers to have “probable cause” before being frisky – I mean frisking a traveler.

This is serious business, as those caught violating the traveler and consequently the new law would be subject to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail, where they can do all the groping they like.

First they came for the mile-high club,
and I didn’t speak out because I couldn’t find a free restroom on the plane.

Then they came for the underwear bombs,
and I didn’t speak out because American Apparel does not carry them in briefs.

Then they came for the airport groping,
and I didn’t speak out because I was OK with it.

Then they came for me,
and I felt rejected because I had not been groped.

Forget it Texas – you just gave me yet another reason not to fly there.