Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the son of Texas Congressman and GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul, is being detained Monday by TSA officials at the Nashville airport, The Hill reports.
“My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville,” Ron Paul tweeted to his 205,000 followers.
According to the Texas Congressman, Paul was detained after he refused a pat-down by TSA officials.
ABC News reported:
A TSA spokesman said the agency was looking into the matter but could not immediately comment.
Paul apparently set off an airport security full-body scanner “on a glitch,” a spokesman in Paul’s office told ABC News.
The Paul staffer said TSA agents would not let Paul walk back through the body scanner and were demanding a full body pat-down.
The Hill adds:
Sen. Paul’s communications director, Moira Bagley, also mentioned the incident on Twitter.
“Just got a call from @senrandpaul,” Bagley said on her page before Rep. Paul’s office sent his message. “He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”
Both Pauls have been highly critical of the agency, and have called for it to be disbanded.
Last October, Congressman Paul (R-TX) wrote an op-ed calling the TSA “jack-booted thugs” after the agency expanded its operations to highways in Tennessee.
The Hill also noted that Sen. Paul grilled TSA Administrator John Pistole last summer.
“This kind of gets back to this whole idea of what we are willing to… give up as a country,” Sen. Paul said.
ABC reported that Pistole was contacted by the Senator’s office Monday morning.
According to Politico, the Kentucky Senator was traveling to Washington, D.C. when he was detained.
Earlier, he tweeted that he was planning to speak at the March for Life rally.
“Today I’ll speak to the March for Life in DC. A nation cannot long endure w/o respect for the right to Life. Our Liberty depends on it,” he wrote Monday morning.
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