Sen. Rand Paul refuses TSA pat-down

Sen. Rand Paul refuses pat-down in Kentucky airport

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
Sen. Rand Paul
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Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul refused a pat-down by TSA agents at the Nashville Airport and has ended up in local law enforcement custody.

The Daily Caller reports that an anamoly was found when Paul submitted to the body scan. The anamoly on his knee triggered an alarm. Paul refused to submit to a pat-down and was then denied access to the secure gate area. Paul was "escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement," according to the TSA.

The TSA explains "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. 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.”

Paul has long been an opponent of the TSA's pat-down tactics.

“I think you ought to get rid of the random pat-downs,” Paul said in June 2011. “The American public is unhappy with them, they’re unhappy with the invasiveness of them.”

The situation is ongoing.

Read more about Sen. Rand Paul here.

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