Kansas joins list of states trying to rein in the TSA

Kansas is joining a list of states that are trying to curb the abuses and crimes of the TSA, since it’s apparent that Congress isn’t going to do it.

Kansas State Representative Brett Hildabrand and 20 of his colleagues have introduced legislation that would make it illegal for the TSA to do what’s already illegal if anyone else does it — paw your genitals without your permission.

It is, frankly, insane that we even have to be talking about this. It should be a Monty Python skit. But this country has lost its collective mind, so it’s not a Monty Python skit; it’s reality.

At least 11 other states have tried to do what Rep. Hildabrand is doing.

“Air travelers are subjected to aggressive, humiliating pat-downs, many of which would land the average stranger off the street in jail,” the Shawnee Republican said.

“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.”

Unfortunately, many Americans think of themselves as criminals and think they should be treated as such. They don’t trust their fellow passengers, or themselves, apparently, to board a plane without being physically assaulted first. I know this because they’ve told me. They even think their children can’t be trusted to board a plane without being groped.

How sad that this is the kind of country we live in.

  • Russ Matthess

    Yup good luck with that and when the federal govt FAA and TSA says fine no more flights to your airport I hope your Greyhound Bus station can handle the overflow.

    • Daisiemae

      If the federal government was foolish enough to shut down the airports in any state, the airlines would raise holy hell and put so much pressure on the government that they would have to do something else.

      Just like they did with the total ban of all liquids. TSA banned all liquids. There was such a back up at security and so many flights were being delayed that the airlines raised holy hell with the government.

      Hence the 3oz in your magical bomb proof ziplock bag rule. Not because it keeps us safe but because the airlines were losing money and pressured the government.

      The same thing would happen again if the government closed the airports in any state. Just imagine how much money the airlines would lose. They would NEVER accept that.

      • elmysterio

        That’s the thing. Can’t pressure the TSA to change. It has to be the airliines. Hit them in the bottom line and they’ll be demanding change immediately. Government listens to big business.

        • Susan Richart

          elmysterio, I would disagree that pressure can’t be brought to bare on the TSA.

          It’s pressure that brought about Pre-Check for frequent flyers (as flawed as that program is).

          It’s pressure that forced the TSA, in spite of their pronouncements that children have been used by terrorists, to ease up on screening of children, for the most part. Children with medical issues, the most vulnerable, excepted.

          It’s pressure that has forced the TSA to ease up on screening of old folks, except if they aren’t physically fit and then they, too, are abused.

          Granted these are only sops to small percentages of the flying population, but pressure does work.

          Heck, it was pressure to got Congress to tell the TSA to get rid of backscatter.

          It can be done and it is why we MUST keep on writing letters to MOC about the abuses that take place every single day at TSA checkpoints.

    • RonBonner

      I think TSA shutting down a states airports would be a good thing. It would finally force an open investigation of TSA and its criminal screening procedures. It is my belief that shinning a bright light on TSA would have the same effect as turning on the lights in a room infested with cockroaches. Watch how fast TSA runs when the lights come on.

      • Daisiemae

        You are definitely on the right road!