Spokeswoman: TSA turns away Sen. Rand Paul
January 23rd, 2012
10:36 AM ET
3 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. Rose

    Well the little stunt worked, got him in CNN breaking news.

    January 23, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. J Jones

    To all the people criticizing him about being "above the law" or whatever, realize that he is standing up for YOUR rights people! That's the point! Good for you Rand, the TSA is ridiculous.

    January 23, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Veritas

    What were the TSA thinking? A senator should not have to play by the same rules as us lowly peons! Shame on you TSA.

    January 23, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. grounded

    Those who are saying Sen Paul thinks he is above the law need to realize TSA is not following the law. These gropes are way beyond the administrative search the courts have rule acceptable. Have you been through one of those gropes? It will leave you nauseated. Oh yeah, how about that public comment period on these scanners that the TSA blew off? Seems they think they are above the law too.

    January 23, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Lacey

    Why wasn't he arrested then like any other normal citizen would be if they refused a pat-down after setting off an alarm?

    January 23, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Dennis

    Rand Paul acts out for attention.

    Would someone please tell Rand Paul he's pretty.

    January 23, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. JW

    You guy are looking at this as though "Rand Paul thinks he's above the rest of us." and that's not the case. He, like many of us, is against the attack on our personal rights and freedoms by the TSA.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." – Ben Franklin

    January 23, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Donald

    For all of those thinking he is above the law, no he doesn't. He has been against the TSA from the beginning. He's one of the only politicians that spoke out against the TSA giving that little girl a pat down. Not to mention, the Constitution says that neither a senator or congressman can be detained while in session or on the way to a session. They disregarded our constitution in more ways than one.

    January 23, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. benroberts13

    How can any of you posting here possibly defend the TSA or the Police State which this clearly is? Do you live in that much fear? Can you possibly believe all the lies your government tells you with the mainstream media as accomplices? Do you really hate our past freedom that much? You, who would defend the TSA, are the true terrorist and traitors to this once free and great nation. Thanks to you it no longer is free and has a very poor chance of ever being free again.

    January 23, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Neal

    The TSA should be abolished.

    January 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Argie57

    For all those who say: "It is the law" or "They are just following orders"

    Germans that drove the trains, manufactured the gas canisters, build the showers and sat at watch towers with machine guns, were also just following orders.

    A country of sheep begets wolfs as masters.

    January 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. indigo

    Rand Paul just testing the system for his own purpose...

    January 23, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. charles

    Come on Rand, you know that if they had given you a free pass, you would have made a big scene about how ill trained TSA personnel are. As far as you are concerned, "damned if they did or damned if they don't". Stop complaining and get with the program just like every other American. By the way, what were you hiding? Way to go TSA!!!

    January 23, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. ghost of truth

    Seems like a lot of people really like the nanny state and fear the imaginary terrorists.
    You should lobby your representatives for MORE police state, let them set up check points on highways next...
    oooops: they already did this in Tennesee.
    WAKE UP, stop this nonsense.

    "War prisoners apart, the average citizen of Oceania [USA] never sets eyes on a citizen of either Eurasia or Eastasia [random islamic country], and he is forbidden the knowledge of foreign languages [thanks, public education]. If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies [thanks, mainstream media]."
    "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 [and only enriching the military industrial complex]. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist, [so all citizens obey the laws that erode their freedoms]."

    (For your information: These quotes are from: George Orwell, 1984)

    January 23, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Balls McGhee

    i dont care if you are for or against the TSA. it is the LAW and you have to abide by it until that law is changed. period.

    January 23, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. badcyclist

    I personally like it better when planes I am on aren't hijacked, blown up, or flown into buildings. The searches exist for good reason– this is not TSA excess, it is Rand Paul's hubris. Take a bus, Rand.

    January 23, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Peter E

    Yeah, let's denounce the democrats and big government... oh wait, the TSA, the DHS, and most of this police state 'security' stuff was instituted by Bush Jr.
    Nevermind... Denouncing that would mean republicans would actually apologize for something for once...

    January 23, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Hongli

    Is Rand Paul God ? This is what troubles me about Republicans. Their MOTTO " Do what I say but on't do what I do".

    January 23, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Sean Hoade

    Gee, if only this happened to someone who had the power to make or amend laws. WAIT A MINUTE...

    January 23, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Pat

    Look, daddy, I'm being libertarian............

    January 23, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Hongli

    Is Rand Paul God ? This is what troubles me about Republicans. Their MOTTO " Do what I say but don't do what I do".

    January 23, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. JeffP

    The U.S. Constitution actually protects federal lawmakers from detention while they’re on the way to the Capital.

    “The Senators and Representatives…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….” according to Article I, Section 6.

    January 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Vince

    Flying is a privilege, not a right. Play by the rules or don't get on the plane.

    January 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Andrea M

    I hate the TSA as much as the next person, but I must say it is refreshing to see a politician forced down to the rest of our level. You're no better than the rest of us Rand, just shut up and take your groping.

    January 23, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Fixer2010

    He's a snake in the grass.....I wouldn't have let him pass either.

    January 23, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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