By a vote of 37-1, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the Transportation Security Administration to reconsider its use of full-body pat-downs and calling on Congress to exercise greater oversight over the agency.
The resolution comes after left-wing State Rep. Sharon Cissna was singled out for a pat-down in Seattle last month when a full-body scan showed scars from breast cancer surgery. Cissna said she had submitted to such a search before but considered it invasive and vowed not to endure it again.
To return to Juneau, she opted for a four-day journey by rental car, small plane, taxicab and ferry. Cissna is scheduled to testify before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., next week.
The Alaska House consists of 40 total members and just 16 Democrats. Just one Republican Representative voted against the resolution. The vote follows legislation in New Hampshire and Texas that would criminalize certain actions of TSA agents. That legislation is still pending.