Vitter Denies Airport Meltdown

Sen. admits blunder, but says reports of tantrum are greatly exaggerated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2009 2:28 AM CDT
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., left, accompanied by Rep. John Fleming, D-La., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill yesterday.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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(Newser) – Sen. David Vitter says reports he threw a tantrum at Washington's Dulles Airport are way off base, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The Republican acknowledges that he blundered through the wrong door in a rush to catch a flight back to Louisiana, but denies  reports that he berated an airport worker who stopped him.

”I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be,“ said Vitter, who—according to Roll Call—set off a security alarm when he tried to board his flight even though the gate was closed. The Transportation Security Administration plans to review the incident.