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GOP Sen. Rand Paul refuses TSA pat down. Sorry, that doesn’t make him a hero.

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The metal detector went off and he refused a pat down. Sorry, but I don't want the guy on my plane if he's setting off metal detectors and then refusing a pat down. From ABC:

The TSA version of events is that Paul triggered an alarm during routine airport screening and refused to complete the screening process (pat-down) in order to resolve the issue. Paul was escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement.

“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,” according to an official statement released by TSA. “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.”
GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul says this is "the police state" at work.

Is this Washington Post writer correct, is too much too much? I know Chris has been critical of the TSA in the past, and I'm no fan of the TSA'sa seeming inability to rezip my luggage after they've finished searching it. But is it really too much to ask that you let them pat you down after you set off the metal detector at the airport?

Shorter me: Ron Paul has a point, but this isn't it.

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