Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) spat with TSA captured headlines on Monday after he was "detained" (the TSA claims he was merely "stopped") at the Nashville airport. The drama unfolded after the senator refused to undergo a full-body pat-down after something on his person triggered a millimeter-wave machine. While at least one police report described Paul as "irate" during the standoff, security footage obtained from the incident appears to show him cool, calm and collected.
One of the videos, released by the Metro Airport Authority, has been published on The Nashville Tennessean's web site. Rather than exposing a "passenger being irate," as a police incident report claimed, Paul is seen in the videos sitting, talking on his cell phone and standing. The Tennessean has more:
...videos released by the Metro Airport Authority late Wednesday show Paul entering the security line at 7:57 a.m. and then alternately sitting and standing in a glass cubicle while being watched by authorities. Paul appears to make a few phone calls as well.
Paul is shown being escorted by an airport official at 9:04 a.m. Paul rebooked his flight and later went through security without incident.
Following the incident, the TSA reiterated that it is protocol for them to refer to law enforcement officers when a passenger refuses to go through the proper screen process. While this is the case, the alleged discrepancy between Paul's reported behavior and what the video shows has not addressed.
As the Blaze reported, the senator's father, U.S. Rep Ron Paul, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, issued a statement following the incident in which he lamented the "police state."