(February 20, 2013) It looks as if Kansas legislators have had just about enough of the "security theater" of airport screening by the Transportation Security Administration.
Rep. Brett Hildabrand helped to introduce HB 2175, which would make it illegal for TSA screeners to touch the private parts of passengers, as well as prohibit them from removing those passengers under eighteen years old from under control of their parents or legal guardians.
Twenty other House Republicans are joining him in pushing the bill and this would impact between 100 and 110 TSA officers at seven Kansas airports.
The Shawnee Republican said,
"Air travelers are subjected to aggressive, humiliating pat-downs, many of which would land the average stranger off the street in jail. But because the federal government has given someone a blue uniform and a badge, we are told that person has authority over our bodies and we must endure."
Hildabrand pointed to the story of a three year old in a wheelchair that was scrutinized by the TSA and wrote:
"This is exactly why we need to pass HB 2175, regulating the TSA conduct in Kansas! This is yet another despicable assault by the TSA"
The TSA claims that the "Supremacy Clause," found in Article VI of the US Constitution gives the Federal government jurisdiction in this matter and it prevents states from regulating the federal government.