By Keith Laing - 07/14/11 04:29 PM EDT
The man who was Defense secretary in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that spawned the Transportation Security Administration received a pat-down at a Chicago airport, reports said Thursday.
The celebrity gossip website TMZ first posted pictures of Rumsfield being searched by hand at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Wednesday afternoon. Chicago media outlets later pickd up the incident.
Republicans in Washington have harshly criticized the TSA for pat-downs after reports of elderly passengers and children receiving them.
The House Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday at which lawmakers lambasted TSA officials for breaches in airport security perimeters.