Congressional Run-Ins With TSA Continue

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 1:08 PM CDT
Congressional Run-Ins With TSA Continue
Rep. Peter DeFazio.   (AP Photo)

It’s not quite a David Vitter, but Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio had his own run-in with airport security this week, the Washington Post reports. DeFazio, one of the architects of the Transportation Security Administration, had to endure what he thought was an unnecessary search. But when he told the screeners he was “kind of an expert on airport security,” an onlooker heard more of a “Do you know who I am?”

“I said, ‘This is really stupid. What are you going to find here with rubber gloves that you didn't find in primary security with the X-ray machine?’” recalled Democrat DeFazio, speculating that the onlooker/source has Republican connections. “They need to do it with sophisticated, state-of-the-art bomb-detection equipment.” (Read more Peter DeFazio stories.)

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