Can't touch this.
Not that it will pass but this New Hampshire bill makes me very excited. Lawmakers in that state want to make the TSA pat downs and x-ray scanners sexual assault. Yay!
The new law will read:
An act making the touching or viewing with a technological device of a person's breasts or genitals by a government security agent without probable cause a sexual assault. This bill classifies persons convicted of the offense as tier III offenders under the criminal offenders registry.
Again, not that it will pass. And here's why: the TSA is a federal authority, and federal regulations trump state regulations. So even if the bill does pass it would be taken down within months because it's unconstitutional to have a state law in conflict with a federal one. Also, if we're going to force TSA agents to rely on suspicious behavior then we open up the racial profiling can of worms. A simple way around this would be to train TSA agents on the psychology and body language of suspicious people, but noooooooo, that's not what TSA does.
I'm just glad there are some law makers who are as angry about this whole ordeal as I am. Thee body searches seem like the biggest invasion of privacy and the fact that they're government sanctioned makes me sick. Does Canada have body scanners and obnoxious (and invasive) pat downs?
EDIT: Texas introduced a similar bill! Except this article says airports are regulated by the state governments, not the Federal government. Maybe these laws have a chance after all!