Rand Paul Refuses TSA Patdown, Gets Detained Ron Paul's son being detained 'indefinitely,' says spokesperson By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 23, 2012 10:10 AM CST 217 comments Comments Rand Paul talks to his father Ron Paul during a news conference June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Apparently the Pauls are willing to go quite far to maintain their libertarian principles: Rand Paul, son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, was detained by the TSA at Nashville International Airport this morning when he refused to submit to a patdown, WSMV reports. A Paul spokesperson confirms that the Kentucky senator "was being detained indefinitely. The image scan went off, he refused patdown." A tweet from his father cites an "anomaly" with the body scanner, Politico notes. "My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming," reads the tweet in full.