by Steve Haruch
UPDATE: From The City Paper:
Paul, a Kentucky senator and son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, set off the body scanners at the airport, then refused a pat down search, according to an interview with the Associated Press.
However, a Transportation Security Administration source denied that he was detained, saying he was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.
An official TSA statement read:
“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.”
The senator was rebooked on another flight and rescreened without incident.