NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), son of GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul, was detained Monday by the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tenn., a spokeswoman tweeted.

Paul was detained by TSA officials for his refusal of a full body pat-down, father Ron Paul tweeted on Monday.
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.)

"Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He's currently being detained by TSA in Nashville," Rand Paul communications director Moira Bagley tweeted.

"My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville," Congressman Paul tweeted.

A TSA spokesman disputed the claim that Paul was "detained," and said that the senator wasn't allowed into the secure area of the airport, according to ABC News.

An interesting twist to the scenario is that Article 1 Section 6 of the Constitution explicitly states that senators and representatives shall be "privileged from Arrest" going to and from attendance at a session in Congress.

"They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place," the Constitution says.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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