TSA Denies Rand Paul Detention, Ron Paul Issues Statement Via Twitter

    January 23, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Earlier this morning, the news broke via Twitter that U.S. Senator Rand Paul had been detained by the TSA in Nashville after refusing to consent to a full-body patdown after setting off a body scanner. Both his director of communications and his father, Presidential candidate Ron Paul confirmed this on Twitter.

In response, a TSA spokesperson had this to say to Politico. You can see that they don’t actually reference Senator Paul:

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.

And now, the TSA is doing some more PR via Twitter, as they have taken to responded to around a dozen major news organizations’ tweets about the incident. They are using the same response in each, saying “This passenger was rebooked on another flight and completed screening without incident.”

Although Rand Paul has yet to comment on the incident via Twitter, Ron Paul is using it as an opportunity to make a campaign promise:

Ron Paul campaign statement concerning #TSA abuses: http://t.co/ZBzcvuie #tcot #RonPaul 1 hour ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

His statement is as follows:

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.

That is why my ‘Plan to Restore America,’ in additional to cutting $1 trillion dollars in federal spending in one year, eliminates the TSA.

We must restore the freedom and respect for liberty that once made American the greatest nation in human history. I am deeply committed to doing that as President of the United States.

Both Ron and Rand Paul have been staunch opponents of the TSA for some time now. We will update this story when more becomes available.

  • JohnMikal

    Sen. Paul said that he certainly felt like he was detained. “If you’re told you can’t leave, does that count as detention?” Paul asked.
    “I tried to leave the cubicle to speak to one of the TSA people and I was barked at: ‘Do not leave the cubicle!’
    “And, because I used my cell phone, they told me I would have to do a full body pat down because you’re not allowed to use your cell phone when you’re being detained.”