Report: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Set Off Body Scanner At Airport, Detained By TSA

CNN radio reporter Lisa Desjardins reports that Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) detention by the Transportation Security Administration was triggered by the fact that Paul refused a pat down by TSA workers after he set off a body scanner at a Nashville airport. Desjardins reports that Paul wanted to go through the scanner again instead, and the TSA refused, leading to the detention.

Desjardins also points out that Paul has been critical of what he describes as a “glitch” in the body scanners, which his spokeswoman Moria Bagley confirmed to CNN was the reason he wanted to go through again.

Update, 10:47:

The TSA is now pushing back against the term “detained” used by Paul’s staff and as tweeted by his father Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), according to reports.

Update, 11:34: TSA source tells Desjardins that Paul “was not detained but was escorted out of security area for a targeted screening.”

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