Rand Paul Detained by TSA at Nashville Airport
Rand Paul Detained at Nashville International Airport after Full Body Scan
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who has been openly critical of TSA airport security procedures, is being detained by the TSA at Nashville International Airport (BNA).
Rand Paul went through one of the TSA's controversial and functionally questionable full-body scanners, which alerted TSA agents to investigate the senator further. Apparently Rand Paul's right leg set off the alarm.
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Rand Paul showed the TSA staff his leg (which, as far as we know, is not made of metal), but refused a full-body pat-down. The TSA staff refused to re-scan Paul, and so they have a standoff.
Rand Paul was one of the many senators who reacted in anger when a TSA official demonstrated the "gate grope" procedure on Capitol Hill, and his father, Ron Paul, is running in the GOP presidential primary.
Thousands of travelers have had to deal with the indignity of "gate rape", and accusations of abuse continue to pile up against the TSA, who have yet to prove that the combination of electronic strip-search and security-queue fondling actually do anything to keep America safe.
Now, though, it's become personal for at least one Senator. However, Rand Paul's office has something that you don't have: a direct line to TSA director John Pistole, for the good it does.
Expect Ron Paul, Rand Paul's father and GOP primary candidate, to reference the TSA incident in his campaign: the TSA's security theater is deeply unpopular with travelers. Ron Paul has already mentioned the incident on Twitter.
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