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Airport pat-down controversy

Austin, TX- Texas and the feds continue a battle over whether an airport pat-down should be criminalized.

Governor Rick Perry is urging lawmakers in the house to pass House Bill 41 which would criminalize enhanced pat downs by the transportation security administration.   

If it does become law the TSA says it has the authority to prevent planes from leaving Texas airports.

The Transportation Security Administration says they will review the bill carefully, and say if the bill does pass it will limit the ability for the them to perform their responsibilities which may  jeopardize the safety of the public.

They also warn legal action can be taken to make sure travelers are safe when they fly from Texas.

The bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor with a fine up to $4,000 and a year in jail for a TSA agent to touch a passenger in a private area.

The bill was looked at in the regular session but did not make it through the senate.

Perry is urging lawmakers in the house to pass it within the next week of the special session.