Portland Man Protests TSA In His Birthday Suit
April 19, 2012 by Bryan Nash
John Brennan, a 49-year-old man from Portland, Ore., was trying to fly from Portland to San Jose, Calif., when he felt that Transportation Security Administration officials were harassing him. In order to make their job easier, he stripped naked.
Brian Reilly, who took a picture and heard part of the incident, recalled what he witnessed: “He got pulled aside for extra security measures. He clearly was protesting it. And he decided to get completely naked and just protest that. He was saying things like, ‘Am I doing anything illegal or do I have anything illegal? Am I good to go through now?’ Trying to make a point, you know?”
“Mr. Brennan’s actions caused two screening lanes to be closed and while some passengers covered their eyes and their children’s eyes and moved away from the screening area, others stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos of Mr. Brennan,” the police report said.
Brennan was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
He told authorities he “disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him.”
Brennan was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and missed his flight. He faces disorderly conduct and indecent exposure charges in relation to the incident.
On April 10, a woman stripped naked at the Denver International Airport after being told to put out her cigarette. Charges were not filed against her.