The Transportation Security Administration is not gaining any favor with Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who in the past has been critical of the agency and was detained by its agents on Monday.
After going through a body scanner at the airport in Nashville, Tenn., Paul was told that there was an “anomaly” with the scan and that he would have to have a full-body pat-down. The Senator refused the pat-down and offered another scan, but the TSA insisted on a pat-down.
According to The Associated Press, Paul claimed he was “detained” in a small cubicle in the airport, which is about an hour from his home. He missed his flight to Washington for a Senate session.
The TSA denies that Paul was ever detained, but said he refused to follow protocol.
“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,” the TSA said in a statement to CBS News. “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.”
Both Ron and Rand Paul have been critical of the TSA screening process over the years.