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 PaulHillicon Valley: Facebook reeling after NYT report | Dems want DOJ probe | HQ2 brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Judge upholds Russian troll farm indictments | Cyber moonshot panel unveils recommendations Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board 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."