Techie stages 'strip down' protest at TSA 'harassment'
Naked but unstressed man does 'something with internet'
An Oregon man who "does something with the internet" stripped stark naked at Portland airport on Tuesday in a protest at TSA screening policies.
John E Brennan, 50, turned up to board a flight San Jose yesterday, according to reports, but took umbrage at the TSA's screening procedures.
KATU News reports that Brennan said he was fed up being "harassed" by screeners, and promptly decided to stage a strip down process in the security lane.
Brennan's disrobing prompted screeners to close two lanes in security - which raises the question, does a naked passenger take up more space than a clothed one.
While TSA staff implored him to get dressed, the irate techie remained in the screening area, wearing nothing but glasses and a fine beard. Some passengers covered their and/or their children's eyes. Other less delicate passengers reportedly had a good laugh and whipped out their camera phones - as KATU news shows here.
Eventually police arrived and booked the still starkers Brennan for disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. They apparently confirmed that no drugs or alcohol was involved in the incident.
KATU spoke to Brennan's father, who described the pants-off protest as "quite a shock"
Brennan senior added that he didn't think the incident was stress-related. "He's never really under any stress. He works for a computer company in California. He does something with the Internet, which is just kind of mystical to me."
Rest assured the rest of the Brennan family will become a lot more familiar with the ways of the internet, and the media in general, over the coming days. ®
"... including children"
Oh dear god, heaven forbid that children learn that people are all fundamentally IDENTICAL underneath the clothes we wear. All men have penises, all women have vaginas, most computer programmers have as much tits as women, and many of us are flabby and wrinkled. I'd hate to break the stereotype of the idealised mid-20s Aryan body figure but seriously, is it so bad if kids learn that a human body is just, basically, a human body?
This gives me an idea
There should be a fast-track for airport passengers willing to go through the nudie aisle and put all their clothes through the scanner. We should promote this as a less objectionable alternative to the backscatter scanner and watch the hilarity ensue.
You're a potential threat, and so should be forced to wait in line to be scanned, poked (sometimes), oggled and prodded by nasty bored small minded oafs, just like the obedient piece of meat you are.
"I'm not a threat, look I'm Naked."
You're a potential lunatic, psychogically unhinged, frightening the children by not being a threat, and therefore must be arrested immediately.
Rock meet Hardplace.