Politics

Video: Sen. Rand Paul Not "Irate" at Nashville Airport, Did Police Lie?

| by Michael Allen

During a recent visit to the Nashville International Airport, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reportedly set off an alarm on an x-ray machine, and then refused a more aggressive search.

Sen. Paul was briefly detained by local police before being released and re-booking his flight.

While police described Sen. Paul as “being irate” in their incident report, footage from the airport security cameras (below) shows him sitting calmly inside an airport checkpoint and occasionally picking up his phone.

A TSA spokesman said that Sen. Paul was not detained, but denied access to the secure gate area. But in the video, he was clearly detained.

Paul returned a short time later and flew back to Washington, D.C. without incident. He’s since called for an investigation.