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05-31-2011, 11:50 PM
WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Legislators in several states have introduced bans on airport patdowns, but the moves are largely symbolic, observers say.

"What's going on is a trampling of the Constitution," Michael Doherty, a Republican state senator in New Jersey, told USA Today.

Legislation barring federal Transportation Security Administration security personnel from conducting patdowns or using body scanners have been offered in New Jersey, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Texas.

The New Hampshire measure would have made touching travelers' private parts a sex crime. But only the Texas bill has made any progress: It passed the state House Thursday.