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Sen. Rand Paul stopped by TSA at Nashville Airport

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Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul was held by TSA officials at Nashville International Airport Monday morning after an "irregularity" was found during the security screening process.


Paul lives in Bowling Green, KY., and is the son of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Aides to the senator said Sen. Paul set off a full body scanning machine going through airport security.  Sen. Paul claimed it was a "glitch" and wanted to keep going. 

An aide told NBC News that Sen. Paul told the screeners he doesn't have any metal.  Apparently it was his right leg that was setting off the scanner.  He raised his pant leg and showed them his leg, according to the aide.  Paul said it was "clearly a glitch."

The aide said TSA refused to let him re-scan and demanded that he submit to a full body pat down. 

The TSA said in a news release that "the passenger" was rebooked on another flight and was rescreened without incident.

"These are the indignities, and it's not just me.  It's not because of who I am.  Americans are going through the airport everyday and being subjected to these indignities.  Nobody's thinking about who can attack us, who would attack us, it's just this mindlessness," said Sen. Paul.

The Kentucky senator has previously been critical about pat downs at a hearing.

Below is a statement released by the TSA about the incident:

"The passenger was not detained at any point. The passenger triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and refused to complete the screening process in order to resolve the issue.  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 passenger was screened by millimeter wave imaging technology using automated target recognition. This technology uses the same generic image for all passengers to further protect passengers privacy. When an alarm occurs a yellow box indicates where an anomaly is.  A targeted pat down is used to resolve the alarm." 

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