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 PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report 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."