By Adele Hampton - 01/26/12 09:42 PM EST
Paul was escorted to the cubicle after refusing a full-body pat down while going through airport security. A law enforcement officer was called to the security area to deal with Paul, who was described as an “irate” passenger.
There is no footage of Paul’s run-in with the officer or of his escort to the holding area.
“I don’t feel more safe,” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday. “I feel our dignity’s been compromised, but I don’t feel more safe. I would rather see selective risk assessments done on people who are international travelers, people who have ties to groups who may be terrorists. But regular citizens don’t need to be put through this, particularly frequent travelers.”
Both Paul and his father, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, have been vocal critics of the TSA, calling for the controversial agency to be disbanded.
"The press reports are horrifying," the Texas lawmaker said last summer during one of his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" audio addresses.
"Ninety-five-year-old women humiliated, children molested, disabled people abused," he continued. "Men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private areas, and involuntary radiation exposure.
"[I]f the perpetrators were a gang of criminals, their headquarters would be raided by SWAT teams and armed federal agents," said Rep. Paul.
"Unfortunately, in this case, the perpetrators are armed federal agents," he added.