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. Pinocchio

    I know what the problem was since I'm made of wood, so I share Paul's frustration. Isn't there a warning on Viagra that if the wood stays around longer than like 4 hours you're supposed to contact a doctor? Last time I checked TSA wasn't recruiting MD's for Airport Security agents.

    January 23, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. DD

    Could have been a terrorist wearing a Rand Paul mask. TSA does not take any chances with our safety. Well, maybe they take chances with their funding source.

    January 23, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. OregonTom

    I remember when a man could bring his pocket knife on a flight.

    January 23, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. MyTake

    Yikes! I wonder why they would not let me go through a second time ...

    Hooray for the TSA no being intimidated by his status and name. Refuse the pat down ... pay the price you arrogant f*

    January 23, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. T Range

    Good job Rand! CNN finds some real news......

    January 23, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. kburnett

    If you don't want to follow TSA rules and regulations, don't fly. Is that so hard? There is no excuse for this man thinking he's above the law, like it or not.

    January 23, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Rob

    No reason why a government employee should be allowed an exception that real Americans who hold private sector real jobs should not enjoy first.

    January 23, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Army Chick

    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.

    Straight out from our Constitution.

    GO RAND PAUL!

    January 23, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Marauder1969

    Why should he be any different than the rest of us? Another prima donna Government official. Kudos to TSA for doing their job.

    January 23, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. olkvgn

    I have to get patted down. You have to get patted down. But Rand Paul – NO!! He's special.

    January 23, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. MalibuChick

    About time someone from the government has to deal with what we have to deal with. They should ALL have to go through this experience.

    January 23, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    The TSA was absolutely correct in turning away Rand Paul. Privacy rights advocates should remember what happened on 9-11. Scans and pat downs are not overly intrusive...get over it. People surrender more of their own privacy on social media net works like Face Book.

    January 23, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Todd

    to all you criticizing Paul thinking he is doing this because he thinks himself elitist and above the "common folk". You don't get it. This is a point he is making that this has gotten way out of line and NONE of us should have to submit to these violations of our rights. This is a good thing he did. Funny how people are criticinzing the poster boy for what a Tea party candidate looks like.

    January 23, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Rod K

    I like all these responses that say "it's the rules." You people have no clue what the rules are. If there is one thing in the constitution that is absolutely clear it is that representatives and senators may NOT be prevented from travelling to session for ANY reason except treason.

    TSA skewered the pooch big time here.

    January 23, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Dad

    This is huge news! Certainly worth all the comments. A) DOWN WITH THE TSA lbah blah. 2) GOOD got what he deserved! should be arrested for being associated with teaparty/republicans! D) After not cooperating and failing a standard security test his travels were delayed slightly causing huge news!

    January 23, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. checkit

    It's really amazing how some people on here are really criticizing the TSA for the way they have implemented and handle security screening policies and procedures. No, TSO's may not all be the brightest of folk, but they are doing their job which is to conduct security screening procedures for the safety of all passengers. People need to realize that when you go to an airport, you are going to be subjected to either a body scan or a pat-down and you better comply for the sake of national security. Just because you may not look like a terrorist doesn't mean TSO's should automatically know that. Do we know who serial killers are off the bat?

    My life is more precious than your need to avoid the inconvenience of having your sense of a right to privacy violated. I'm willing to allow a TSO to ensure that I have nothing on me that would pose a threat to passengers. Amd I'm also glad this Senator was treated like every other American. He shouldn't get a free pass. Show by example.

    January 23, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. rs

    TSA has certainly made flying a far greater pain, but I am so sick of members of the GOP/TP feeling they are above the law. What goes for me, goes for you!

    January 23, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Sally Welch

    For all of those who say Mr. Paul is trying to be "above the law" or have "special privilege", yes that's exactly what the US Constitution dictates (for good reason). Article 1, Section 6 of the US Constitution: They (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; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

    January 23, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Sally Welch

    Article 1 Section 6, US Constitution: "They (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; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place."

    January 23, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Greg

    You gotta love the TSA Dog & Pony Show. What a complete and utter waste of time and taxpayer money

    January 23, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. FREE AMERICA

    I think his point is not that he is any special than anyone else, but rather it is a right we should all have. Ever left a coin in your pocket before? This is no reason to have a pat down. Take the coin out of the pocket, and rescan. I dont think it's asking too much.

    January 23, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Greg

    I also would like to say, I love how so many people are so willing to give up their rights and their freedoms for absolutely no reason at all. It is pathetic how many sheeple their are in this country that are scared to death of everything and would rather submit to anything than to take some personal responsibility.

    If you think that planes are unsafe becaue they might get hijacked. Don't fly. Drive, take a bus, a train, a boat...JEEEZ!!!

    Once you realize that the TSA does absolutely nothing to protect you, then and only then can you see how ridiculous it is. What happens when a "terrorist" decides to blow himself up in the TSA security screening line? What will you be willing to give up then? How about after that when someone attacks at the ticket counters? How about when they destroy the parking garage? HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP??? WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO SUBMIT TO?

    January 23, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Chris

    Thank you Senator Paul for attempting to stand up for the little guys rights.

    January 23, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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