Portland man strips naked at PDX to protest TSA search

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by CHERYL CALM / KGW

KING5.com

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 7:43 AM

PORTLAND -- Frequent flying businessman John Brennan set off an explosives wand at Portland International Airport Tuesday and stripped naked to show TSA screeners he was not carrying a bomb.

John Brennan stripped off his clothes at the TSA security station and stood there naked, as waiting passengers and their families looked on, took photos or looked away.

Brennan said as he left jail Tuesday night that removing all his clothes was not premeditated. The frequent traveler who had heard of many TSA issues while on prior business travels was just fed up as he set off the detector at PDX.

"And the machine went off, and I asked what it was and he said 'nitrates' which I know from Oklahoma City is one of the explosive ingredients," said Brennan, "and I was not interested in being hassled so I took off my clothes to show them I was not carrying any explosives."

Brennan says he hopes his actions will start a trend.

"I don't think Americans can sit around and put up with this anymore. TSA needs to just do their job and not intimidate people."

A Port of Portland Police report said Brennan was asked several times to put his clothes back on. Two screening lanes were closed for a short time til Brennan was wrapped in a towel and arrested. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the incident, police said.

He was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and booked on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. He was then released on his on own recognizance.

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