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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. ®

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