Monday, January 23, 2012

Let's Agree That Rand Paul Probably Wasn't "Detained"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

While dealing with the TSA at the airport can certainly be a hassle, and there are a number of legitimate complaints to be made about the process, it doesn't really help the cause when a senator gets fussy about a hourly employee doing what they're supposed to? Yes, "detain" can mean to "hold back from proceeding", but nearly everyone is going to assume the other main definition, "to keep someone in custody", which isn't what happened to Sen. Paul today:


Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was blocked from boarding a flight Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tenn., after refusing a full body pat-down, POLITICO has confirmed.

“I spoke with him five minutes ago and he was being detained indefinitely,” Paul spokesperson Moira Bagley said. “The image scan went off; he refused patdown.”

[...]

The TSA disputed this characterization of the incident.

The Kentucky senator triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and declined to finish the process, said a TSA official, but was “not detained at any point.” A targeted pat-down is usually used to address the alarm.

“Passengers, as in this case, who refuse to comply with security procedures are denied access to the secure gate area. He was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement,” the official said.

Shortly before noon, the TSA said Paul had been re-booked on another flight and went through the screening process again without incident.

Tags: , ,

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Dan Gibson

Staff Pick

Tucson Pride on Parade

Sun link, 4th ave merchants sky bar and wmrx radio join pride on parade down 4th ave… More

@ John Foley Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. 1025 North 4th Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. 'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Casa Video Top 10 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. CD1: Babeu Tries To Counter Accounts of Abuse at School He Once Oversaw (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation