New Hampshire considers bill that would make TSA security measures a crime

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New Hampshire Rep. George Lambert, R-Litchfield, has introduced "a bill that would make the touching or viewing of a person's breasts or genitals by a government security agent a sexual assault," according to the Union Leader. "At what point have we gone too far?" he asked. Fair question.

This would, of course, also make TSA officers just doing their jobs classified as sex offenders, which doesn't quite seem right, either. Here's a bit more from the article:

Bill sponsor Rep. Andrew Manuse, R-Derry, called the new security procedures a slippery slope. "What's next? Will they do body-cavity searches?" he asked, and noted he was told of a woman who lives with one of his constituents being strip-searched at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

"Where do you draw the line? ... You do that any other place and it would be sexual assault," Manuse said.

As someone who flies out of Manchester, N.H., pretty regularly, I should keep an eye on this one. I don't know if this is even possible on the state level, but even if it goes nowhere, it shows the level of unhappiness a lot of people have with the current TSA security system.

Update: Just after posting this I found a reference to another state bill looking to rein in TSA at its airports, Texas HB 1938. Are there more out there I haven't found yet?

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