March 24th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Vitter cleared after airport blow up

Vitter got into a heated argument with an airport employee earlier this month.
Vitter got into a heated argument with an airport employee earlier this month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter "did not pose a security threat" when he set off an alarm at Dulles International Airport earlier this month.

"TSA worked with local partners to review the incident and determined the actions of the individual did not pose a security threat," TSA spokesman Greg Soule said in a statement. "The individual caused a door to alarm but did not proceed into a restricted area."

Soule noted that the "review of the incident is now complete."

On March 5, the Louisiana Republican arrived at his gate with 20 minutes to spare and reportedly lost his temper when he saw that the door to plane was already closed. When he tried to open the door himself, he set off an alarm and got into a heated argument with an airport employee.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee suggested that incident was blown out of proportion.

"From the moment this story first appeared in a Capitol Hill gossip column it sounded a lot like the Democrats when they talk about trying to defeat Senator Vitter next year – a lot of hype, a lot of rhetoric but behind it all, not a lot of substance or supporting facts," NRSC communications director Brian Walsh said in a statement. "Fortunately, the record has now been set straight."

Vitter is up for re-election in 2010, his first race since his involvement with the so-called "DC Madam" became public.

– CNN's Mike Ahlers and Alex Mooney contributed to this report


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. proud army navy mom

    vitter acted a pure fool at the airport, causing a disturbance. If it was a regular person that would have been handcuffed and took to jail..

    March 24, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Bill

    Whether or not Mr. Vitter entered a restricted area or not does not absolve him of any wrong doing. If the door was closed, it was closed. He's an employee of our government, not an employee of the airline nor the TSA. Any other civilian or military employee would have would have had to face consequences for their actions; Mr. Vitter should, too.

    March 24, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. yuri

    Vitter, the DC Madam guy, needs vettin' by the GOP veterans themselves, in order to veer off his verbal vituperations with the airport security, in future. This Louisiana lad longs for lofty and loyal treatment from the locals and, if frustrated, he will likely loom large over the person levellin' any kind of lower treatment.

    March 24, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Waitin' for the implosion

    Jeez, Brian Walsh, why would the democrats need to make a big deal out of this non-event, when this "family values" politician was caught with his hand (and other body parts) in the cookie jar of the DC Madam? Vitter will finish himself, he doesn't need the dems to do it for him.

    March 24, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Keith

    Maybe he thought he was trying to get through the madam's door!

    March 24, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Democrat or republican, some of these ego maniacs think they are royalty.

    March 24, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Linda32

    Let me get this right, he DID open the restricted door, but did not go through. Were he not a Senator, that would have gotten him an arrest.

    March 24, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Not fair and balanced

    Must have missed this story from the "No Bias No Bull Team" but funny, Vitter get's two postings...... why would that be........ his political party maybe?

    They both happened within DAYS, but funny, we only heard and saw one.....................................

    Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio lost his temper in the Portland International Airport after being singled out for a random inspection by Transportation Security Administration personnel.

    DeFazio admitted to Roll Call newspaper that he denounced the extra security as "stupid" and "ineffective." He complained to the screeners that he was a member of Congress who actually helped found the TSA.

    DeFazio says he does not recall swearing at the screeners, although a source told the paper that he did. DeFazio says he sees his airport annoyance as a positive: "By experiencing security, I can improve it."

    March 24, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Mike

    WOW!!!! Could CNN's blatant liberal bias be any more obvious?!?!

    In a story about a Senator having an argument with an airport employee, while appropriately noting that the Senator is up for reelection in 2010, the authors BLATANTLY throw in a two by four to the back of his head and mention that it will be "his first race since his involvement with the so-called 'DC Madam' became public."

    Can someone please tell me what in the world that has to do with this story? Just another example of obvious, blatant liberal bias. Not that I expect CNN will ever post a comment critical of its liberal bias....

    March 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. chelle

    And the GOP is defending this yahoo why??? Can anyone stand up and say he was wrong? He lost his temper and did something stupid!!! Admit it and move on.

    March 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Ray Fisher

    Vitter has become the bad boy of the Republican party, can't they have anyone who plays well with others???

    March 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Ricky from Valdosta, GA

    Just another example of the "elected elite" considering themselves above the rules everyone else has to follow. And the shame is that this person will probably be re-elected to another term of "royalty". When will it stop? When voters open their eyes and see the farce these people perpetrate on their constituents daily and refuse to place them in positions of power.

    March 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    If he flew private jets like Pelosi does, he wouldn't have this problem.

    March 24, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    yuri March 24th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

    Vitter, the DC Madam guy, needs vettin' by the GOP veterans themselves, in order to veer off his verbal vituperations with the airport security, in future. This Louisiana lad longs for lofty and loyal treatment from the locals and, if frustrated, he will likely loom large over the person levellin' any kind of lower treatment.

    I absolutely approve of your addition of alliteration.

    March 24, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Nathan,

    Boy, nothing sticks to this guy. No pun intended. First he gets away with cavorting with prostitutes with his wife Ms. ( I don't see how Hillary can take that from Bill) Vitter letting him off the hook and then the Senate letting him off. Now he gets away with causing a ruckus at the airport. Eliot Spitzer is probably saying I want some of what that guy has. I don't even want to go there.

    March 24, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Scott the Independent

    In his mind he is saying "how dare these little people". And internally thankful he has sided with corporate America every time.

    March 24, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. ATR6000

    Hey Fed Up,

    Nancy Pelosi is 3rd in line for the presidency. She flies in a military plane; a policy instituted by Dennis Hastert, the Repub. Speaker of the House, after 9/11 for security reasons. Get your facts straight instead repeated Rush's talking points. BTW, Hastert used the plane just about every week, unlike Peloisi.

    March 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. joe smith

    the burning question still remains; what ever happened to the little black book..

    March 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Peter

    I hope this man loses his re-election in 2010

    March 24, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. John

    One set of rules for the average people. Another set for the elites.

    March 24, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Wheatfield

    Yeah, where's the little black book? Hope it pops up around election time.

    March 24, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Frances in time

    Super hero, Rush Limbaugh, came to his rescue again. Hooray!

    March 24, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Haley

    His best friend is Rush Limbaugh...enough said.

    March 24, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. JUSTIE

    Another Republican who thinks he's royalty.

    March 24, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |