US Senator Detained By Transportation Security Administration – OpEd


This story has been getting some press, and I hope it gets a lot more.  The Senator who was detained was Rand Paul, which may make the story more interesting.  Senator Paul has been a frequent critic of the TSA.

Even though I do a fair amount of airline travel, I still get a thrill out of flying.  Just the idea of traveling six miles above the surface of the Earth at 550 miles per hour is amazing!  But, as much as I enjoy the flight (even with airlines’ cost-cutting and comfort-cutting measures), I despise going through those TSA checkpoints.  They are a violation of my Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights.

However, I’m not completely outraged at this particular story.  If the TSA is going to be treating people this way, the first group of people I would nominate for that treatment would be members of Congress.

Randall G. Holcombe

Randall G. Holcombe is Research Fellow at The Independent Institute, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, past President of the Public Choice Society, and past President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, and has taught at Texas A&M University and Auburn University. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute and was a member of the Florida Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

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