White House: Sen. Paul 'Not Detained' By TSA

January 23, 2012 - 1:48 PM

(CNSNews.com) - While getting ready to depart for Washington, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R - Ky.) was stopped by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at the Nashville airport Monday when a scanner set off an alarm and targeted his knee, although the senator said he has no screws or medical hardware around the joint.

According to the Associated Press, he asked for another scan, but the agents insisted on a pat-down, which the senator refused. He said he was "detained" at a small cubicle for a time and missed his flight. He boarded another one later.

When asked about the incident White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that Paul was detained, “Let’s just be clear the passenger was not detained. The passenger triggered an alarm during routine airport screening, but refused to complete the screening process in order to resolve the issue.”

“It’s my understanding he has now rebooked and passed through security without incident and that has resolved itself,” Carney continued.

Carney did not directly respond to a statement issued from Paul’s father, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul saying, “The police state in this country is growing out of control.  One of the ultimate embodiments of this is the TSA that gropes and grabs our children, our seniors, and our loved ones and neighbors with disabilities."

Associated Press reports were used in this story.