Transportation Security Administration vs. naked man

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The man took off his clothes at an airport checkpoint

Brennan said he felt like he was being unfairly targeted, so he took off all his clothes.

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A man who stripped naked as a personal protest against security screenings at Oregon's Portland International Airport has been found guilty in a civil case filed by the Transportation Security Administration.

John Brennan was initially arrested in April 2012.

The Portland man said he was traveling for work and a pat-down by TSA agents turned up suspected bomb residue on his clothing.

Brennan said he felt like he was being unfairly targeted, so he took off all his clothes.

Following his arrest, criminal charges including disorderly conduct and indecent exposure were dropped after a Multnomah County Judge ruled Brennan was exercising his right to free speech.

However, the TSA filed a civil suit against him, claiming his actions interfered with the security screening process.

Now, two years later, a judge has sided with the TSA. Brennan faces a $500 fine.

Brennan plans to appeal.

When contacted by a Portland television station Wednesday night, a TSA spokesperson said they had no comment on the case, but added the judge's ruling speaks for itself.


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