Senator Introduces Bill of Rights
TRAVELER’S PRIVACYJune 20, 2012
A U.S. lawmaker has introduced a so-called air passengers' bill of rights, reports the Los Angeles Times. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said passengers must be protected "from being subjected to humiliating and intrusive searches by TSA agents, especially when there is no obvious cause." Paul's bill would allow passengers who fail a body scan to walk through the machine again rather than face an automatic pat-down and would eliminate pat-downs for those over age 75 and those 12 and under unless the passenger is carrying a prohibited item or deemed "suspicious." Passengers could also request a pat-down be administered using the back of the hand rather than the palm.