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Kansas Flexing Muscles at TSA: Bill Introduced to Tackle Privacy Breach
by Ali Papademetriou
If it’s not stealing, it’s groping. The Transportation Security Administration has displayed a preposterous violation of travelers’ rights ever since its conception in the wake of 9/11. Groping has become a severe privacy breach for United States citizens, as the federal government deems touching passengers in any area of the body it feels necessary in the name of safety. Talk about a demolition of the Fourth Amendment!
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has made an infamous stand against the TSA and has proposed various pieces of legislation to take it down. Last year, his colleagues didn’t show support for the two bills he proposed, but he is now making a come back and is optimistic yet wary of a proposal in the works that would privatize the TSA as well as grant travelers a “passenger bill of rights”.
As SLN reported in November, Texas lawmakers also took a stand against the TSA and introduced the “Texas Travel Freedom Act”, which would make touching “the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing” a criminal offense unless there is a legitimate probable cause. In addition the act would give Texan minors more protection from the “safety” administration.
Now Kansas is working to make a similar move – Kansas Representative Brett Hildabrand recently presented HB 2175 to take on the TSA’s unlawful privacy rift.
“As part of a determination of whether to grant another person access to a publicly accessible venue or form of transportation, intentionally and without probable cause: (A) Touches the genitals, buttocks, anus or female breasts of such person, including through clothing; (B) removes a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of such child’s parent or legal guardian, or a person standing in the stead of such child’s parent or legal guardian;
(C) Commits a violation of subsection (a) or (b) of K.S.A. 2012 Supp.21-5412, and amendments thereto; or (D) harasses, delays, coerces, threatens, intimidates, or denies or conditions such person’s accessibility because of such person’s refusal to consent to subsections (a)(7)(A), (a)(7)(B) or (a)(7)(C),” reads a section of the bill.
Similar to Texas’ bill, Kansas is not standing for government workers to be able to inappropriately touch anyone, especially a minor.
As Tenth Amendment Center reported, “This bill will punish any violators. “Upon conviction of official misconduct a public officer or employee shall forfeit such officer or employee’s office or employment. (c) The provisions of subsection (a)(1) shall not apply to any use of persons or property which: (1) At the time of the use, is authorized by law or by formal written policy of the government entity; or (2) constitutes misuse of public funds.””