Monday, January 23, 2012

Rand Paul blocked at airport after refusing TSA pat-down

by admin on January 23, 2012 
Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican and son of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, was blocked at Nashville airport Monday after refusing a TSA pat-down, his spokeswoman said.

“Just got a call from @SenRandPaul,” his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley, wrote on Twitter Monday. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”

In a telephone interview with the Associated Press, Paul said that the incident occurred after an alarm went off when he passed through a scanner at Nashville Airport Monday. Paul said the alarm had apparently been triggered by his knee, though “the senator said he has no screws or medical hardware around the joint,” the AP said.

TSA agents refused his request to walk through the scanner again to reconcile the anomaly, and he refused their demand for a pat-down, Paul said.

The Kentucky Senator said that “he asked for another scan but refused to submit to a pat down by airport security,” the AP reported. Paul “said he was ‘detained’ at a small cubicle and couldn’t make his flight to Washington for a Senate vote scheduled later in the day.”

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This article was written by the Associated Press; full article at Yahoo! News


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