House Passes Resolution Urging TSA to End Invasive Procedures
New procedures go too far, sacrifice dignity
JUNEAU – Today, The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution (HCR 8) by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) urging the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to end its recently implemented invasive pat-down procedures and immediately revert to its prior, less invasive, protocol. Representative Sharon Cissna (D-Anchorage), who recently earned national attention for refusing to participate in a TSA pat-down, co-authored the resolution.
“Americans, and especially Alaskans, depend on air travel, and these searches infringe too far on our individual freedoms and rights to travel,” said Rep. Tuck. “We have to find a better way to keep people safe without treading on the dignity and liberties we cherish.”
The resolution also urges Congress to exercise greater oversight of TSA to protect the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens. It says invasive pat-down searched can be particularly traumatic or demeaning for survivors of physical and sexual or those who require prostheses.
The resolution earned broad support from members of both political parties. House Majority Leader Alan Austerman (R-Kodiak), Rep. Cathy Muñoz (R-Juneau) and 12 others co-sponsored the bipartisan legislation.
“Rep. Sharon Cissna showed great courage in saying ‘no,’ and by doing so she has touched a chord that is resonating across the U.S.,” said Rep. Muñoz.
“Safety to Alaskans is critical. The invasive searches can have a harmful impact on virtually every Alaskan on a personal level,” said Rep. Cissna.
The resolution passed the House 37-1.###
Posted: March 11, 2011