PUBLISHED: 22:57 EST, 14 May 2012 | UPDATED: 22:57 EST, 14 May 2012
Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State, got a ‘full Monty’ search by Transportation Security Administration in New York.
The former national security advisor, who will turn 89 this month, had a very intimate pat-down at LaGuardia Airport on Friday.
The TSA agents didn’t appear to recognize the Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped end the Vietnam War as they searched him as he sat in a wheelchair.
But Matthew Cole, a freelance reporter who happened to be at the airport, did realize that it was Kissinger who was stopped by security officials.
Both Mr Cole and Kissinger, whose opinion has been sought by a number of presidents through the years, were heading onto a flight to Toronto.
‘He stood with his suit jacket off, and he was wearing suspenders,’ Mr Cole told The Washington Post. ‘They gave him the full pat-down.’
Mr Cole tweeted earlier at the airport that the TSA ‘had no clue who he was,’ speaking of Kissinger.
Kissinger had been in a wheelchair during what Mr Cole called ‘the full Monty’ search most likely because of the long walk he would have to make through the airport.
The former U.S. leader seemed to take the incident with a positive attitude.
He was curious about the on-flight breakfast, which he learned would be ham and eggs, Mr Cole tweeted.
Unhappy with the meal choice, Kissinger joked to an aide: ‘Do they have any schnitzel?’
On the same day of Kissinger’s search, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera was on television claiming that he recently had been ‘manually raped’ by a TSA officer.
Making the serious accusation on ‘Fox and Friends,’ the ‘Geraldo at Large’ host said that the incident happened on a recent trip to Afghanistan.
‘I got manually raped by a guy,’ said Rivera.
‘This guy, it seemed to me, was getting off on it.’