Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican and son of presidential hopeful Ron Paul made major news Monday after he was detained by the TSA at a Nashville airport. According to Paul, scanners triggered him while passing through the Nashville Airport for no apparent reason. The protocol from there was a physical pat-down, which TSA agents immediately recommended. Paul objected, requesting to walk through the scanner again. TSA refused saying that at that point the only option was a pat-down. Paul was then detained and did not make his flight back to Washington, which caused him to miss a Senate vote.
TSA officials say that Paul was not “detained.” Instead, he was “escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.” Sounds like he was detained to me. After a different screening later, Paul was allowed to board another flight. There was no explanation for why the machines relegated him to a pat-down search earlier.
The public is divided on this. Some think that Paul took advantage of the situation to spotlight TSA abuses and further his father’s presidential platform. Others think he is just another rich prick that thinks he shouldn’t have to follow the same rules as others.
We at Common Sense Conspiracy think that both are probably true.