Yesterday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul created a media firestorm when he refused to undergo a pat-down by the TSA after setting off an alarm.
It turns out a lot of politicians have had run-ins with airport security—or have publicly voiced their grievances about the controversial body searches.
Jesse Ventura, former pro-wrestler and governor of Minnesota, sued the TSA as well as Department of Homeland Security for receiving a pat-down due to his titanium hip implant. He told 'The View' that he is suing the TSA for sexual assault by microwave. He claims the pat-down violated his basic rights to privacy and that he was subjected to unreasonable search.
A federal judge dismissed his lawsuit in November.
After being singled out for a pat down in Seattle, Alaska state representative Sharon Cissna decided to take a ferry to Juneau rather than submit to what she called an 'intrusive' search. Her chief of staff stated that the pat-down was requested after the security scan showed that Cissna had undergone a mastectomy.
Source: USA Today
According to Anchorage Daily News, Alaska state representative Chris Tuck shelled out $2,060 of his Public Offices Expense Term account to pay for a TSA PSA to tell his constituents to opt out:
'These machines still allow TSA screeners to see through your clothes. ... If you don't want inappropriate pictures of you or your children taken and stored, or if you're concerned with the possible health effects, all you have to do is say, 'I opt out.' It is your right. Instead, they will pat you down. And if they touch you inappropriately, call the airport police.'
Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, told Fox and Friends:
''If it's OK for your wife, your daughters, and your mother-in-law, then maybe the rest of us won't feel so bad when our wives, our daughters and our mothers are being put through this humiliating and degrading, totally unconstitutional, intrusion of their privacy.'
President Obama has expressed his support of the TSA screening procedures in the past.
Steve Kornacki of Salon said on the Rachel Maddow Show that Mitt Romney was getting his shoe shined, but the former Massachusetts governor was actually having his shoes checked out by a TSA agent. (Although, he looks comfy and not bothered).
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