The good senator is already an enemy of the TSA, and perhaps they were trying to show him who is boss by making him miss his flight to Washington DC. Senator Rand Paul scheduled to speak at the big Right to Life Event in Washington DC, and vote in the Senate today, but his schedule was interrupted by the gropers in Nashville.
A scanner indicated a glitch at his knee, and Paul lifted his trouser leg to expose the area. But that was NOT enough. The TSA officials wanted to grope the rest of his parts too. Rand Paul declined and was detained for some time. After a subsequent scan revealed no problems, the Senator caught a later flight to his destination.
This earned the Transportation Security Agency more bad commercials from Rand Paul’s father who is running for president.
Rand Paul himself has always opposed the over reach of the TSA, calling them clueless for targeting six year old kids, the disabled and others who are obviously not terrorists.
You’re going to get something EXTRA upon entering the Cowboy’s stadium on Sunday says the Star-Telegram:
“Everyone entering the stadium must pass through a magnatometer, such as those used at airports, and get a patdown as part of the screening process. The majority of fans will enter through checkpoints on the east side of Cowboys Stadium.”
November 24th is national opt out day, your opportunity to decline the body scanners at the airport, by going for the pat down, or finding an alternate mode of transportation.
Be prepared for clogged airport security checks during the holiday season as more and more people take the less convenient option of a pat down, and cork up the works.
As for Pharmer’s family…… we bought an RV. No recreational flying for us is in the near future. Maybe economic circumstances, or the availability of cheap RVs will help you make a similar decision. Maybe the trains and buses will have booming business.
It won’t be good for airline business if people choose other modes of travel in order to dodge air travel as much as possible. Maybe they’ll be inspired to lobby hard for changes in the Transportation Security Administration’s flash and grope policy.