Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Letting it all hang out at security


Not that long ago I was flying out to Charlotte, NC for a conference when I tweeted that for anyone wanting to see me naked I was about to go through airport security. As I was putting on my shoes again just beyond security, I said to the guy next to me, “The only problem I have with airport security is that they make you put your clothes back on.”

He told me that wasn’t as original as I thought, and then he told me about this guy:

The Oregonian reports that 50-year-old John E. Brennan was acquitted of an indecent exposure charge stemming from an April 17 incident during which he took off his clothes while standing at a security checkpoint line at Portland International Airport.

“It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do,” Circuit Judge David Rees said.

Prosecutors in the case argued that Brennan did not say to airport officials that it was a protest until after he had stripped and was told police were on their way to the scene.

Brennan says he stripped after airport screeners asked him to submit to a pat-down inspection.

“I also was aware of the irony of taking off my clothes to protect my privacy,” he told the court.

I don’t know if I would call John Brennan a hero, but he’s already become a legend for airport travellers. Congratulations to Brennan. Fly, be free.

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