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TSA Says It's Providing Some Backup Security for Presidential Campaign Events at the Secret Service's Request

TSA agents were on hand for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's recent campaign event in Florida. (Image source: The Shark Tank)

Your next Transportation Security Administration screening experience might not be limited to the airport: Attending a presidential campaign event could mean the TSA taking a peek at your belongings.

Javier Manjarres of the Florida political blog Shark Tank posted a photo of two TSA agents he said were on hand for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's event at The Villages retirement community in Florida on Saturday. Manjarres said he counted "no less than six TSA agents alongside the usual uniformed Secret Service detail" checking people's bags, noting, "A big WTF is in order here."

A TSA spokesman confirmed to TheBlaze the agency has provided such support for the last three presidential campaign cycles and for other Secret Service-guarded events.

"At the request of the U.S. Secret Service, TSA may provide additional security at certain events, including conventions, inaugurations, and other major events," spokesman David Castelveter told TheBlaze in an email.

Castelveter would not say whether the agents present at the Ryan event were off-duty from local airports or who paid for their services.

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