The Texas legislature has for some time now been considering legislation to criminalize the Transportation Security Administration’s groping of airplane passengers. The Lone Star State has not, however, tried to get the entire TSA banished from its borders, and with good reason: Last year the state made $300,000 from the sale of items confiscated by TSA agents.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that a state surplus store in the capital has “one small room” nearly filled with “items that were left behind or confiscated — ‘We say willfully surrendered,’ said cashier Roberta Siller — at airport security checkpoints.” Those items were “willfully surrendered” in the same way one willfully surrenders his wallet to an armed robber blocking his exit. Travelers had no choice but to hand them over to the TSA’s armed agents if they wanted to fly.
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