Rand Paul, the Senator from Kentucky, faced objection at the Nashville Airport this Monday when the scanner raised an alarm when he passed through it. He was inquired about any medical fixture on the knee, to which he replied in negative, and then the security at the airport wanted to have a pat down search, for which he refused.
"There is no problem. It was just a problem with their machine. But this is getting more frequent, and because everybody has to have a pat down it's a problem," Paul said about the issue. He said that he would walk through the scanner once again but did not want to have the search done. He was not allowed to board his flight and was later sent through another flight.
Rand Paul has raised concerns over the security procedures at the airports earlier as well. He once criticized the Transportation Security Administration, saying, “TSA shouldn't be spending so much time with people who wouldn't attack us."
"Let us go back through the machine rather than get a pat-down. You'll get rid of a lot of the anger and animosity towards the TSA and towards what you're doing, and give us a little more dignity when we travel," Paul advised TSA administrator John Pistole in the Senate session previously.
TSA spokesman Greg Soule released a statement in which he told about the incident but did not reveal the identity of the passenger who was screened. "When an irregularity is found during the TSA screening process, it must be resolved prior to allowing a passenger to proceed to the secure area of the airport. Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to ensure the safety of others traveling," the statement reads.
White House spokesman Jay Carney supported the authority for the security procedure and believed that it was a part of security check to avoid any unpleasant incident that might occur if the passengers are not properly screened before entering the airport.
"I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe and I believe that is what TSA is tasked with doing," he said while commenting on the recent incident. He did not state clearly whether the passenger was Rand Paul or not and said that he was not arrested by the security officials.