Flash mob at Capitol protests TSA pat-downs
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Activists dressed as Transportation Security Administration agents staged a mock TSA pat-down at the Capitol Tuesday.
The protest was an effort to bring a bill into the special session which would make it a misdemeanor for TSA agents to pat-down passengers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The group from Texans for Accountable Government said they wanted lawmakers to see what a pat-down from the TSA entails.
The initial bill died during the regular session after the Department of Justice said it would force federal officials to cancel flights to Texas.
John Bush from Texans for Accountable Government predicts this bill could change the way pat-downs are handled across the country.
"A bill like this could definitely set the precedent across the country that a state legislature is actually looking to do its job which is protect the life, liberty and property of the citizens of Texas," he said.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has recommended the Governor add the bill to the special session agenda.