Rand Paul Is a Drama Queen

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Rand Paul purses his lips.Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

How Senator Rand Paul's Morning Could Have Gone: Paul goes through airport security in Nashville, Tennessee. For some reason, he triggers the body scanner. As required by the TSA, he receives a pat down, which finds nothing suspicious on him. He continues on his way. He purchases a grossly overpriced chicken Caesar salad wrap at a concession stand, and waits for his flight to D.C.

How Senator Rand Paul's Morning Actually Went: Paul goes through airport security in Nashville, Tennessee. For some reason, he triggers the body scanner. Paul, a TSA critic, refuses a pat down and demands a second pass through the body scanner instead. Since senators can't rewrite airport screening rules for themselves, he is not allowed to proceed through the security checkpoint, and is escorted out by police. Paul misses his flight. His spokesperson inaccurately tweets that Paul is "being detained" by the TSA.