Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is urging supporters to sign an online petition that supports legislation to eliminate the Transportation Security Administration.
Earlier this year, the Senator clashed with TSA agents at the Nashville International Airport after he refused a pat-down and claimed officials told him the scanners were “rigged” to allow random searches.
In a message to supporters through the political committee Campaign for Liberty, Paul says the pat-downs and searches are invasive and that the “police state” is out of control.
“The American people shouldn’t be subjected to harassment, groping, and other public humiliation simply to board an airplane,” he says. “As you may have heard, I have some personal experience with this, and I’ve vowed to lead the charge to fight back. It’s time to end the TSA and get the government’s hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers.”
Paul is reportedly working on a number of bills regarding airport security, including privatizing the service and a passenger bill of rights.