Austin: The Texas House has approved final passage of a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travellers during airport security pat-downs.
Sent to the Senate Friday, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch "the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person" including through clothing.
It also prohibits searches "that would be offensive to a reasonable person."
The bill`s chief sponsor is Republican Rep David Simpson. He said during brief debate late Thursday night that "this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches."
Simpson believes it will keep Transportation Security Administration officials from treating travellers like criminals, though the measure may be superseded by federal law.
Representatives approved the measure with little opposition.