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Senator Rand Paul detained by TSA

Tweet from Rand Paul's Press Secretary

Senator Rand Paul has been detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Nashville, TN airport.  Senator Paul was on his way to Washington DC to speak at a March For Life event.

 

Paul’s father – presidential candidate Ron Paul informed many Americans of the situation via his Facebook page by posting: “My son Rand is currently being detained by the TSA at the Nashville Airport. I’ll share more details as the situation unfolds”

 

UPDATES BELOW THE VIDEO

Keep in mind that Senator Paul has been a vocal opponent of TSA pat-down procedures:

We will keep you updated as further details are known.

 UPDATE 1:

Fox News’ Chad Pergram tweets that reports are “untrue” that Senator Paul is being detained, tweeting: “Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) indicates that TSA “detained” his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in Nashville. Law enforcement says it is not true.”

UPDATE 2:

Rand Paul’s father, Ron Paul tells Facebook that this is due to Senator Paul refusing a full body pat-down after an “anomaly” with the full body scanner:

“More info – there was an “anomaly” in Rand’s initial body scan, so my son requested to be scanned a second time. TSA demanded a full body pat down and Rand refused.”

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Furthermore, Fox News’ Chad Pergram again tells us that the “anomaly” was in Senator Paul’s leg, but nothing was found, Tweeting: “My colleague Trish Turner reports that TSA found an “anomoly” around Sen. Paul’s leg after going through body scan machine. Nothing found.”

UPDATE 3:

Due to TSA detention, Senator Rand Paul has missed his flight in Nashville, according to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, “Sen. Rand Paul missed his flight this morning.. after being stopped by TSA. What he refused to do in the security line…”

 

 UPDATE 4:

TSA makes statement about Senator Paul, saying:  “Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area..”

UPDATE 5:

Senator Rand Paul has rebooked a flight and has passed through the TSA checkpoint without incident, according to Chad Pergram of Fox News: “TSA says on Sen. Rand Paul: The passenger has since rebooked on another flight and was rescreened without incident.”

UPDATE 6:

Rand Paul will be on Fox Business tonight at 8pm to discuss the day’s events, according to Chad Pergram, once again: “My colleagues at Fox Business report that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) finally made it on board a plane. He’ll be a guest on FBN tonight at 8 pm et”

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  1. Bill Plat says:

    You know I have heard that if you get busted in the mouth your teeth can turn black.

  2. Bob in Boston says:

    I hope Ron Paul rips all the establishment candidates a new one on this tonight. It’s absolutely ridiculous what a traveler has to go through at the airport, and there is zero proof that the TSA has prevented a single terrorist attack – in every case they have been prevented by regular citizens! Hopefully people see what a sad state our country is in and realize only Ron Paul can restore what made America great!