Jackson-Lee acknowledged joining a letter sent to TSA Administrator John Pistole on Friday by Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) urging him to reconsider the controversial pat-down procedures for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but said the letter wasn't aimed at stopping the pat-downs but preventing them from being administered to children or in other inappropriate situations.

"I don't want them to stop. I do want the public to be informed," she said. " I want to make sure that children are not patted down in the incorrect manner."

Mica also spoke out in favor of privatizing TSA, a proposal that Jackson-Lee said would be akin to reverting to conditions before 9/11.