Rand Paul Refuses TSA Patdown, Gets Detained

Ron Paul's son being detained 'indefinitely,' says spokesperson
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Rand Paul Refuses TSA Patdown, Gets Detained
Rand Paul talks to his father Ron Paul during a news conference June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

Apparently the Pauls are willing to go quite far to maintain their libertarian principles: Rand Paul, son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, was detained by the TSA at Nashville International Airport this morning when he refused to submit to a patdown, WSMV reports. A Paul spokesperson confirms that the Kentucky senator "was being detained indefinitely. The image scan went off, he refused patdown." A tweet from his father cites an "anomaly" with the body scanner, Politico notes.

"My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming," reads the tweet in full. (Read more Ron Paul stories.)

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