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Don't Ask, Don't Touch

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Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News
The Texas House sends a message to the TSA: Watch where you're touching airline passengers.

The Texas Senate will consider a bill that would ban public servants from touching people in otherwise private areas of the body during a pat-down search.

The House passed a measure Friday that prohibits officers--including TSA screeners--from touching specific sensitive areas around a person's groin or backside.  State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) believes airport security screeners make travelers feel like criminals as they board a plane.  Becca Aaronson of our political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, has a write-up about the bill here.