Kaine stopped by TSA over harmonica

A rogue musical instrument almost had Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats urge Biden to go all in with agenda in limbo Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (D-Va.) singing the blues when one of the former vice presidential nominee’s harmonicas set off an airport metal detector.

A TSA agent stopped Kaine after his bag rolled through the X-ray machine at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Thursday afternoon.

The security pro asked Kaine, who was traveling with his wife, Anne, if the bag belonged to him and said he needed to examine it, according to an ITK tipster who was standing by Kaine in line. 

Just as our spy was slipping a coat back on, they heard a harmonica playing, and saw the Kaines and the TSA agent cracking up laughing.


“That’s when I figured out, ‘Oh my God, his freaking harmonica set off the metal detector,’ ” our source exclaimed. 

The senator — who we hear carries as many as five harmonicas at a time — appeared unfazed in the midst of the musical security snafu, shaking well-wishers' hands before being cleared to head to his flight.

Kaine, who learned to play his mouth organ around seventh grade, frequently featured his harmonica prowess while on the campaign trail with former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE last year. The VP hopeful busted out the instrument everywhere from an appearance on “Ellen” to a campaign stop at a brewery in North Carolina.

A seemingly amused Kaine spokeswoman declined to comment on the harmonica brouhaha.