Spokeswoman: TSA turns away Sen. Rand Paul
January 23rd, 2012
10:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Spokeswoman: TSA turns away Sen. Rand Paul

(CNN) – Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the Nashville airport Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.

Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused, Bagley said.

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  1. Nellie Bly

    Can the TSA keep him?

    January 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. john

    yeah, and they should pat-down people that try to vote too! If someone has to get a pat-down at the airport then they should have to get a pat-down at the voting booth..like nicky haley says, " if you need a driver's license/photo id to get on plane then why shouldn't you need that same photo id to vote?"....I would pat-down Nicky is a heartbeat.

    January 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Bessy

    This guy thinks he is special and doesn't think he has to be " subjected " to the same procedure as " average " folks.
    He is just a bully and what does he have to hide ?
    Arrogance at it's worse.

    January 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe he can get some of his campaign workers to stomp on the TSA people.

    January 23, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    ..but if a person who was "one of them" did the same, he'd be screaming about how important it is

    January 23, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Ryan

    Senator Paul must be "soft" on National Security......

    January 23, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. beevee

    Every one has to go by the rules and regulations even it is a US senator. Well done TSA.

    January 23, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Paul1st

    So, what happened? Did they treat him like they would other citizens and arrest him?

    January 23, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Portland tony

    Something definitely wrong here. How can a US Senator be subjected to TSA screening in the first place? He should have been prescreened. But if he was, and behaved as depicted in the article, Rand was out of line, looking for cheap publicity.

    January 23, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Brendan

    Save our constitutional 4th Amendment rights, Rand! Break the cycle of totalitarianism in our country!

    January 23, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. gg

    get rid of bushes patriot act and home land security-bring back freedom

    January 23, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. westward

    It's his tea party programming chip.

    Stop making a clown of yourself, Rand Paul, instead of obstructing the whole process. How many other passengers did you hold up for your creating such a scene?

    January 23, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. ghost of truth

    Irma in NC:
    Why does anyone else have to follow this stupid procedure? You got it backwards...
    To quote 1984:
    ""It does not matter whether the war [on terror] is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist."

    January 23, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. d

    I wonder was this done on purpsoe by mr paul....probably. pathetic

    January 23, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Steve

    Taking a stand against the infringement of Constitutional Rights.

    January 23, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. orson

    Way to go TSA! Rand Paul is a crackpot, and this latest stunt is further evidence of how extreme he is. Shouldn't a US Senator be setting an example instead of flouting procedures established by the US govt to ensure our safety? If he doesn't like those procedures he should work to change them by proposing legislation, instead of being disruptive at an airport.

    January 23, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    GWB made his share of mistakes, but the Department of Homeland Security was, BY FAR, the biggest.

    January 23, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. chris

    He must have been hiding something in his hair.

    January 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. BoogerFree

    And you're above the law, how?

    January 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. George Stocker

    Article 1, Section 6 of the US Constitution: The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

    So did the TSA break the law?

    January 23, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    GWB made his share of mistakes, but the Department of Homeland Security was, BY FAR, the biggest.
    -----------–
    Mistake? That depends upon your point of view. It was great for business, but horrific for taxpayers. Today it is well on its' way to becoming a second Department of Defense. It has a budget of over $100 billion and is comprised of more than 400 sub-agencies, many of which dole out exclusive work through no bid contracts.

    January 23, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. The Other Dale

    I wonder if Paul did this intentionally. Not getting enough press, so he sets himself up so he can huff and puff about how he was being pushed around by the mean ol' security guards who are just doing their job. What an idiot who thinks he's above everyone. Once again, as always, Rand Paul embarrasses Kentucky.

    January 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Every one has to go through security scanners; all the citizens must obey the laws

    January 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Barry G.

    The more I hear about off-shore bank accounts (Caymen Islands), corperate raiding, breaking marriage vows, unethical deals, Fannie-Mae and Freddie Mac, the more I like the idea of Ron Paul.

    Personally there are few politicians from either party that I trust. I'm convinced that most of them spend their doing funding raising and the rest of the time doing the bidding of the lobbyists and others who gave them the money.

    I don't know why the American people allow this.

    January 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. flab ball 5000

    The Immunity laws are left over from the time of the caveman days. If our law makers are going to make laws for us, then they should feel the law, experience the law, and become one with the law. In other words, go through the line and pat downs like the rest of us. End of story.

    January 23, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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