Henry Kissinger praises 'professionalism and courtesy' of TSA agents after pat down

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Lawmakers have sharply criticized TSA for its airport security procedures, especially its pat-down hand searches. A pair of lawmakers, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Lame-duck Congress should pass First Step Act Limited Senate access to CIA intelligence is not conspiracy MORE (R-Ky.) and Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-Texas), accused the agency of invading their privacy this year. 

But Kissinger, who served under Presidents Nixon and Ford, said this week that he "would like to commend the professionalism and courtesy of the TSA agents in performing an important job."

In response to a request for comment from The Hill on Wednesday, TSA said there was "no indication of anything out of the ordinary with Mr. Kissinger's checkpoint experience."