US Senator Paul refuses airport patdown after alarm

January 24, 2012 03:29


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WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Rand Paul was stopped at an airport on Monday for triggering an alarm and refusing a patdown, prompting his father, US presidential candidate Ron Paul, to accuse security officials of being part of an out-of-control "police state."

The Transportation Security Administration, which handles security at US airports, has sparked an outcry in recent years with its policies, including full-body imaging and patdowns that have been called invasive.

Rand Paul told Reuters he was detained after objecting to the physical search on privacy grounds, a charge the TSA denied.

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