Update since original blog post: I tweeted Rep. Hildabrand on 4/23
@AimeePatton11: Any thoughts on the KS TSA bill since Boston?
@Brett4ks: I support the bill to reg. the TSA. The US Constitution & Bill of Rights apply in all situations, not just when convenient.
I welcome Rep. Hildabrand to expand on this explanation further than this tweet exchange. I’m not sure what he means by this, but my guess is illegal search.
Dear Rep. Hildabrand,
I know I said we were breaking up, but I can’t seem to quit you. This is in regards to your HB 2175 that I’ve written about in the past. You know I have my pet name for the bill – the “Don’t Touch My Boobies Bill.”
So, in case anyone else is reading this letter, the Don’t Touch My Boobies bill put out by Rep. Hildabrand is a bill that would trump TSA federal screening guidelines at Kansas airports. Specifically the bill says,
(7) 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 touching 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;
One of your colleagues said this about this bill,
“The theater they put us through to get on a plane is absolutely ridiculous,” said Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, one of the bill’s sponsors.
Well, I love good theater, however, the same way the TSA is walking back their stance that small knives pose no threat to public safety on airplanes, I plead with you to take a little shuffle back on this bill – no wait not a little shuffle, but a giant leap back on this bill. How about if we shelve this bad boy for good?
First, federal standards on public transportation need to be in place. It can’t be on a state-to-state basis. America’s response to the bombings was universal. Imagine if the response was per state standards. Can you imagine if we had to pause and go, “what are the state requirements for a bombing response?” The same goes for federal transportation screening requirements. You can’t have planes landing and taking off and have separate screening requirements per state. That is a public safety nightmare.
Second, I’m no math wiz, but Suspect #2 was nineteen years old. Your legislation says that juveniles eighteen years old and younger cannot be removed from the physical custody of their parent or legal guardian. The difference between Suspect #2 and a parent refusing to allow a TSA agent to do a sufficient screening if necessary on a juvenile is twelve months. No one can imagine their child would be capable of such a horrible act, the same way that Suspect #2 parents continue to deny their involvement.
It’s a harsh world we live in, but young people are potential terrorists and our security standards must remain the same in all 50 states.
Taking mass transportation is not a God-given right in this country. If you don’t want your boobies patted down, because it makes you uncomfortable, don’t fly. Passing legislation that impedes our nation’s TSA screeners from effectively doing their job and putting our nation at risk is irresponsible.
Yours in public safety,