It was a day like any other for TSA agents at the Portland International Airport. That is, until 50-year-old John E. Brennan showed up.
Brennan, upset by what he called “harassment” by the TSA, decided to go one step further than pat-downs or body scanners.
In an act that can only be described as civil disobedience, Mr. Brennan stripped naked in front of the TSA agents. He was told “numerous times” to put his clothes back on, but refused.
“Mr. Brennan’s actions caused two screening lanes to be closed and while some passengers covered their eyes and their children’s eyes and moved away from the screening area, others stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos of Mr. Brennan,” according to the police report on the incident.
Patdowns bordering on sexual abuse. Strip searches in private. Invasive pictures. Those are normal and okay for the TSA.
But how would they respond to not one but say a hundred people disrobing in the line? Seems like a typically American way to protest.
“You want to see if I’m wearing something illegal. Here, I’ll show you.” An interesting tactic.