RON PAUL U.S.A. | July 16, 2012
First, the fun began at the DFW International Airport, when I passed through security to catch my flight early Monday morning. It was a relatively quiet morning, and I was in line with about ten other people to go through the checkpoint. Laptop, shoes, belt were all in the plastic bins. After moving through the body scanner and preparing to remove my items from the conveyor belt, I hear the TSA agents scream at the top of their lungs, "LEO, LEO, EVERYBODY FREEZE! FREEZE!". I actually smiled and looked at the other guy that was standing next to me as if this was a joke. They starred both of us down very intensely and told us not to move. After about 15 seconds, they allowed us to continue on our way. I asked one of the agents what that was all about, but did not get much of an answer.
I certainly expected after the first bizarre experience that the rest of the trip would be uneventful. That was not the case, and the second incident was even more embarrassing. After being herded through the security process at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, I noticed the legendary actor Hal Holbrook in front of me as we began to form a line for the TSA checkpoint. Mr. Holbrook is 87 years old and appeared to be travelling with his wife. After moving through the body scanner, the TSA agent directed him over to the special screening area. He was asked to remove some other articles and was fully patted down and scanned with a hand wand. He was also asked a variety of questions about his travel plans. All this was happening as I moved through the checkpoint without incident, so I paused to watch for a few moments. After finally releasing him, Mr. Holbrook came over within a few feet of me and met his wife. He was clearly very upset and confused, and said something to his wife along the lines of, "Now please explain to me why they would do that to someone like me!"
The one thing that pissed me off was that the TSA agent thought the whole thing was a big joke. He was smiling and looking at his buddies as if to brag about getting to harass a famous actor. When are we as Americans going to stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!