Rand Paul in Pat-Down Standoff With TSA in Nashville

Sunlen Miller
January 23, 2012
Rand Paul in Pat-Down Standoff With TSA in Nashville
Rand Paul in Pat-Down Standoff With TSA in Nashville (ABC News)


Sen. Rand Paul told his communications director this morning he was being detained by TSA in Nashville.

@moirabagley, the Twitter account associated with Paul staffer Moira Bagley tweeted around 10 a.m., ET, "Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He's currently being detained by TSA in Nashville."

A spokesman for TSA said the agency was looking into the matter but could not immediately comment.

Paul apparently set off  an airport security full-body scanner, "on a glitch," a spokesman in Paul's office told ABC News.

The Paul staffer said TSA agents would not let Paul walk back through the body scanner they were demanding, according to the staffer, a full body pat-down.

The Paul spokesman said his office had called TSA administrator John Pistole about the incident this morning.

The Senate is back in session today at 2 p.m., with votes scheduled at 4:30 p.m.

The issue of pat-downs has been an important one to Paul, the son of libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Sen.  Paul brought this issue up at a hearing earlier this year.

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