Rand Paul Refuses TSA Pat-Down

Senator's rebellion raises questions about airport security rights.
2:30 | 01/23/12

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There are two million tired flyers every day at America's airports and a lot of them could not believe what they saw today a ruckus at the airport in Nashville. After a US senators set off an alarm and refused to pat down. His father presidential candidate called -- evidence of a police state so what's the senator taking a stand for other flyers are just holding up a lot. Here's ABC's Jim Ottawa. -- today Kentucky's senator Rand Paul was one of the 3% of American flyers stopped for a personal -- them. The scanner at Nashville's airport. Targeted his leg got suspicious and he missed his flight after refusing to allow any TSA agent to pat him down there. Instead asking to go through the scanner a second time. I offered to show my leg in fact it did show my leg repeatedly. Go back through this game. And they said now. Senator calls father Ron and -- the TSA shut down and today called the incident evidence the police state in this country is growing out of control. The senator's staff tweeted. He's currently being detained by TSA. The TSA says. He was only being escorted out of the security and. I'm told not to leave. A cubicle and and I did step outside that people thought was sort of surrounded -- that -- in the beautiful. Detained or not he returned to the counter for a second ticket to Washington. This time the machine detected nothing unusual about his way. I think it's an indignity that we're going through -- not making it safer some of his fellow passengers were unsympathetic. I have to go through -- you -- -- ago. The -- -- as well but here's the big picture. The TSA tells -- BC news senator Paul was treated as everyone else's. Once anyone starts the screening process and the machine alerts screeners to something suspicious. They must submit to targeted pat downs or leave. Security experts say not only would repeat scans hold up the line they would allow bombers to hide or worse activated device. Less than you're giving. Up potential terrorist a second bite at the apple to see if maybe he can get through the second time in reacting to controversies over pat down to the very young. An older Americans complaining about embarrassing body searches. The government is now allowing kids under twelve to keep their -- And installing privacy filters on most can't. But senator -- salesman the TSA says some rules are not about to -- Jim Avila ABC news New York.

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