Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) was detained Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tennessee, after refusing a full body pat-down, Politico has confirmed.
UPDATE–I wonder if this bit of the Constitution (from Article I, Section 6) about Senators and Representatives applies?
They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same …
If the senator is traveling to or from Washington, the TSA may have just given one of their worst enemies a very big stick with which to beat them! Or will the TSA insist that refusing a pat down is now treason or a felony or a beach of the peace?
UPDATE 2–PJ Tatler is asking the same question.
UPDATE 3–Thus saith the TSA (H/T, Hot Air):
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.
UPDATE 4–More at PJ Tatler.
UPDATE 5–Alexandra Petri comments at WaPo:
If a stranger is asking me to put my hands above my head, either there’s a robbery going on or I’m going through airport security.
If a stranger is asking me for my wallet, keys and cell phone, either there’s a robbery going on or I’m going through airport security.
If a stranger is asking me to remove my sweater and boots and begins lightly stroking my arm, either I’m on a great date with a socially awkward person or I’m going through airport security.
UPDATE 6–Senator Paul tells his side of the story here.