Security Video Backs Sen. Paul

The Tennessean reports:

A security video of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at a Nashville International Airport checkpoint doesn’t show him being “irate,” as police asserted.

An incident report describes the police response as encountering “a passenger being irate.” But videos released by the Metro Airport Authority late Wednesday show Paul entering the security line at 7:57 a.m. and then alternately sitting and standing in a glass cubicle while being watched by authorities. Paul appears to make a few phone calls as well.


White House Doubles Down on TSA Detention of Sen. Paul

Video here.

UPDATE—Howard Portnoy comments:

So if a would-be airline passenger is “escorted out of the area by local law-enforcement” and misses his flight, he has not—in the eyes of the White House or TSA—been detained.

Senator Paul maintains that he was detained:

If you’re told you can’t leave, does that count as detention? I tried to leave the cubicle to speak to one of the TSA people and I was barked at: “Do not leave the cubicle!” So, that, to me sounds like I’m being asked not to leave the cubicle. It sounds a little bit like I’m being detained.

U. S. Senator Detained By TSA

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.