Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul recently got detained at the Nashville airport by the TSA because a security alarm went off.
Kentucky’s junior senator, Republican Rand Paul’s experience at the Nashville airport turned sour when he got detained by the TSA. According to reports, Rand Paul got detained at the Nashville airport this morning while he was on his way to Washington. When Rand Paul passed through the scanner, the security alarm went off and the TSA officers asked him to step aside. The local police then escorted the senator away and later asked him to go through a body scan.
When the security alarm went off, it was discovered that it was set off by Paul’s knee and eventually the officials asked for a pat-down. Rand Paul rolled up his pants to show that there was nothing there and he even said that he had no screws or medical hardware around the joint.
After the first alarm went off, Rand Paul asked for a second scan through the machine, but the officials denied it and insisted that he go through a physical pat-down instead. Sen. Rand Paul refused the scan and later said in an interview, "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.”
Rand Paul was then taken to a cubicle and was asked not to leave that room. After a while he was released from the cubicle, but he had to stay at the airport until he was cleared. Because of this whole episode with the TSA, Rand Paul missed his scheduled flight to Washington, where he had a Senate vote scheduled later in the day. He was also due to speak at the March for Life later in the day.
Rand Paul told the reporters later that he was “detained” at the airport. However, the officials insist otherwise. He told the reporters that when he was about to get out of the cubicle, an officer barked at him to not get out of the office.
After going through a second body scan, Rand Paul was allowed to go, as the second time the alarm did not go off. After reaching Washington, Rand Paul issued the following statement on his campaign website: “The police state in this country is growing out of control. One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities. The TSA does all of this while doing nothing to keep us safe.”