​Henry Kissinger Experiences TSA Pat-Down

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May 16, 2012

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was patted down by the TSA on his flight from New York’s LaGuardia airport to Toronto, a witness told The Washington Post.

Kissinger, who won a Nobel Prize for his role in ending the Vietnam War, was directed to the pat-down line after arriving at security in a wheelchair, the newspaper reported.

“He stood with his suit jacket off, and he was wearing suspenders,” Matthew Cole, a freelance reporter, told the Post. “They gave him the full pat-down. None of the agents seemed to know who he was.”

The 89-year-old was reportedly traveling with an aide and remained in good spirits through the security check.

Kissinger follows in a long line of politicans and other noteworthy figures to receive pat-downs at TSA security lines.

Congressman Rand Paul and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have both been stopped by officials on their way to the friendly skies.

The TSA did not immediately return a request for comment.

However, it’s interesting to note that Kissinger praised the TSA agents for their work and dedication.