A commentary piece in Forbes magazine has posed the question of whether TSA should be abolished after proving the system is only an inconvenience to flyers and not a deterrent to terrorists. Accusing TSA of "invasive assaults at airports” that are not effective at catching terrorists but are “embarrassing and humiliating for innocent travelers," the opinion piece calls for a time when airlines can protect its passengers instead of the government. "It's time to allow airline customers to choose their level of security."
The state legislature in Texas is looking to start fining TSA agents who are using invasive search techniques, "from 'intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly' groping passengers", and threatening to offer citations in the amount of $4,000 or jail time for touching the private parts of passengers even through their clothing. Reported in the Forbes commentary "the Feds have threatened to close airports and cancel flights in Texas if the state passes legislation outlawing the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) invasive searches.” The Texas legislation is claiming that air passengers are experiencing “severe emotional and physical harm every day” and that TSA is taking away the “core values” of our constitution.