Airport releases video of Sen. Rand Paul’s detention

Nashville airport has released security footage of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s detention by the TSA at that airport.

According to this account in The Tennessean, Sen. Paul appears in the video to be calm and collected, a demeanor at odds with what the airport police claimed:

A security video of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at a Nashville International Airport checkpoint doesn’t show him being “irate,” as police asserted.

The Kentucky Republican ran afoul of a millimeter-wave screening machine Monday morning that went off as he tried to enter the airport terminal. Transportation Security Administration officials asked him to undergo a pat-down, but he refused.

An incident report describes the police response as being to “a passenger being irate.” But 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.

Not all of the action in the glassed-in gulag is visible:

For about half of the video, Paul is obscured by a column blocking part of the cubicle. When asked why the camera would be set up only to be obscured by a column, airport spokeswoman Emily Richard said that cameras are “placed for the widest view possible, not a specific area.”

And then we have the perfect summation of bureaucracy in action:

The airport authority said it didn’t have any comments outside the incident report and referred questions to the TSA. The TSA referred questions back to the airport authority, which oversees policing of the airport.

Isn’t lack of accountability a beautiful thing?