Man protests airport security by stripping down to birthday suit

Man protests airport security by stripping down to birthday suit »Play Video
According to Portland police, John E. Brennan took off his clothes while going through airport screening at Portland International Airport to protest airport security. (Photo courtesy: Brian Reilly)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who said he was fed up with being harassed by airport security stripped to his birthday suit while in an airport screening lane Tuesday evening and was arrested.

According to Portland police, 50-year-old John E. Brennan took off his clothes while going through airport screening at Portland International Airport just after 5:30 p.m. and stood naked before other passengers, including children.

Two screening lanes were closed as a result. Some passengers covered their eyes, as well as their children’s, and retreated from the 'sight.' But others laughed and began snapping photos.

TSA screeners asked Brennan to put his clothes back on, but he refused. He was arrested without incident and taken to jail, where he is being held on $4,000 bail. He faces charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

While in custody, police said Brennan told them he's a frequent flyer, and he took off his clothes to protest the harassment he receives from TSA screeners when he goes through security.

Brennan was scheduled to take an Alaska Airlines flight to San Jose, Calif.

Said Brennan's father, also John Brennan, when reached by KATU News Tuesday night: "This is quite a shock. He hasn't been under any stress that I know of. 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. This is quite a surprise."

In a statement TSA said: "TSA partners with the traveling public to screen all passengers safely and efficiently. When a passenger chooses to be purposefully disruptive, we notify law enforcement."

Brennan has never been arrested before but this was not the first time he's been naked in public - he takes part in Portland's Naked Bike Rides.