As he left Washington on Friday, Mr. Boehner headed across the Potomac River
to Reagan National Airport, which was bustling with afternoon travelers. But
there was no waiting in line for Mr. Boehner, who was escorted around the
metal detectors and body scanners, and taken directly to the gate.
Michael Steel, a spokesman for the Republican leader, said in a statement
that Mr. Boehner was not receiving special treatment. And a law enforcement
official said that any member of Congress or administration official with a
security detail is allowed to bypass security.
?The appropriate security procedures for all Congressional leaders,
including Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid, are determined by the Capitol
Police working with the Transportation Security Administration,? Mr. Steel