Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, son of GOP candidate Rep. Ron Paul, set off an alarm at the airport and was asked to go through a more detailed screening process before he would be allowed to head to his gate. He was inconvenienced and missed his flight. On its face, this is a run-of-the-mill incident that likely (and frustratingly) happens tons of times every day at airports across the country.
However, Rand Paul has a long-standing problem with the TSA and how it handles security procedure. He’s spoken openly and directly about how pat-downs in particular rob people of their “dignity” and treat everyone equally like a “criminal.” Sen. Paul isn’t alone in these feelings. And indeed, some of what’s going on at airport security is a waste. But basically, he walked into the situation with negative feelings about it.
Following today’s incident, one tweet, actually one word, blew things out of proportion.