U.S. Sen. Rand Paul claims to have been detained at Nashville International Airport this morning after he refused a full body pat down, but a government source denies any detainment.
Paul, a Kentucky senator and son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, set off the body scanners at the airport, then refused a pat down search, according to an interview with the Associated Press.
However, a Transportation Security Administration source denied that he was detained, saying he was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.
An official TSA statement read:
“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.”
The senator was rebooked on another flight and rescreened without incident.
This isn’t the first time Sen. Paul has butted heads with TSA. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Paul spoke out against the pat down search of a 6-year-old Bowling Green, Ky., girl last June.
"They're still quite unhappy with you guys as well as myself and a lot of other Americans who think you've gone overboard, you're missing the boat on terrorism because you're doing these invasive searches on 6-year-old girls," Paul said.
Ron Paul took to social media to defend his son.
“My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming,” he tweeted.