Rand Paul Detained After Refusing A TSA Pat Down


rand-paulUS Sen. Rand Paul says he was stopped briefly by TSA agents security at the Nashville airport when a scanner found an “anomaly” on his knee.

The Republican who frequently uses the airport about an hour from his Bowling Green, Ky., home told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he asked for another scan but refused a pat down by airport security. He said he was “detained” at a small cubicle. He was later escorted out of the airport by local authorities and missed his flight to Washington for a Senate session.

Paul’s communication director Moira Bagley, (@moirabagley,) tweeted at about 10 a.m.: “Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”

Paul, the son of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, said the situation reflects his long-standing concern that the TSA shouldn’t be “spending so much time with people who wouldn’t attack us.”

In September 2011 Congressional hearing, Sen. Paul said, “When the TSA head [John S] Pistole was here, he said, well, we need to do these invasive searches … absolutely, we have to because an 8-year old in Kandahar exploded a bomb. To me that shows a bit of naivete to think that somehow there’s a similarity between an 8-year old in Kandahar and an 8-year old in Bowling Green, Kentucky.”

Paul added: “We have to bring some sense to what we’re doing in this country … we treat everybody equally as a terrorist suspect.”

The TSA responded to today’s incident:

“When an irregularity is found during the TSA screening process, it must be resolved prior to allowing a passenger to proceed to the secure area of the airport,” according to an official statement released by TSA. “Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to ensure the safety of others traveling.”

{CS Monitor/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Let’s get real. Terrorist organizations are desperately trying to recruit Americans who don’t “fit the profile.” There’s no guarantee that because someone is a white male that he isn’t a jihadi. For that matter, we have our own lunatic fringe of right-wing militias, like Timothy Veigh, who killed over a hundred people in a terrorist bombing in Oklahoma.

    We haven’t had a plane incident since 9/11. Looks to me like the TSA is doing its job. Does Mr. Paul perhaps think that because his father is a presidential candidate that he is not bound by the same laws as the rest of us?

  2. Mr. OldTimer, I think your brilliance qualifies you to work in the TSA.

    Which terror network was McVeigh part of, exactly? Is the TSA a response to his organisation or his comrads?

    Which terrorists did the TSA stop? They wouldn’t stop publicizing it had they actually caught one. Instead of using the system already in place, they allowed a terrorist to fly, who was stopped by a miracle and his own (k)no(w)how, and then went on to utilize another great crisis to rush in whatever they desired, against the will of the citizens.

    Last question, do arguments and logic make you think?

  3. FOr goodness sake I would hope a us senator could skip the security. I wonder if the supervisors @ TSA get body scanned every time they pass into the secured area