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New submitter blindbat writes "John E. Brennon '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.'"
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Man Protests TSA With Nudity

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  • by nxcho (754392) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @01:25PM (#39724661)
    Let us declare April 17 as Airport Security Nudity Day.
  • by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @01:52PM (#39725055)
    When your job is to annoy me, you've crossed a line. I don't care what sob story you have, I make it a point to chew out every vendor cold-call and telemarketer that has the misfortune of dialing my number.
  • Re:Hmm.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @01:54PM (#39725081)
    Only in the US is a naked body considered unnatural. I've lived all over the world and have never seen the same level of prudish behavior with regards to nudity and sex.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @01:55PM (#39725091)

    The level of exposure doesn't matter. Your gender does.

    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, 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.

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

    Contrast to this story:

    DENVER – A female passenger at Denver International Airport caused a stir Tuesday morning when she stripped naked inside Concourse B, airport officials said.

    At some point after airport workers told her to extinguish the cigarette, the woman took off her clothing. It wasn’t immediately clear why. However, Denver Police say it was unrelated to the smoking issue.

    One witness, who did not want his name used, says other passengers on the concourse didn’t find the striptease amusing.

    The whole incident played-out over a span of about 20 minutes before authorities eventually transported the woman to a hospital

    Denver Police say the woman will not be arrested and she will not face any charges.

    Note: if you watch the video, it's also a public location in clear sight of many passing civilians.

  • by michelcolman (1208008) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @01:55PM (#39725105)

    1. Seeing a naked man
    2. Having their eyes covered up when a naked man is seen

    I would much prefer to have my child see a naked man (and explain to her why he's doing it) rather than giving her the message "a naked body is a bad thing, something awful is happening, this man is evil". The naked man wouldn't bother her in the least anyway. Why make it so?

  • by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @01:58PM (#39725139)
    Wrong... If the only job you can get involves you screaming at the top of your lungs through my neighborhood that you're a pretty princess, that doesn't change the fact that you are an annoyance and need to stop. The feeble-minded twits that joined with the TSA need to know by any means necessary that they are perceived as bullies and their organization is an affront to everything that America ostensibly stands for.
  • by betterunixthanunix (980855) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @02:08PM (#39725321)

    TSA agents are doing their job. Being a dick to them and making their life suck (even more) just makes it worse for everyone.

    Maybe if enough people were "dicks" to the TSA, the agency would not be able to hire people for "enhanced pat-downs," or they would be forced to pay such high salaries that their budget would prevent them from running the program. The willingness of TSA employees to do what they are told is what makes the scope-n-grope program possible.

  • Re:Father's Response (Score:4, Interesting)

    by smooth wombat (796938) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @02:18PM (#39725441) Homepage Journal
    And also, the Internet is mystical??!!!

    Yes, it is. Just because you or I grew up with the Net and have a good (if not spectacular) understanding of how it works, does not mean everyone, particularly those of my, or his, parents age understand it. To them it is mystical.

    Put another way, when the "lost" tribe of the Amazon sees a plane or helicopter, to them it's mystical. How does that big silver bird stay up there without flapping its wings?

    You and I know how it works, but they don't. They haven't grown up in the trappings of modern society. The same with this guys father. He didn't grow up with BBS, programming or anything else related to how modern telecommunications work.

    It's this attitude which ticks me off when dealing with (some) people in the IT world. To them, everything is ho hum and they condescend to those who don't grok whatever the subject is. I'm sure if someone came along and started talking about a subject which you know nothing about, or care to know about, and they started rattling off this and that, to you it would seem mystical because you have no frame of reference.

    It's one thing to make fun of people who, after repeatedly being told what to do or not do, still make the same computer mistake. It's quite another to go after people who admit they are ignorant of a subject. At least they're being honest about what they know and don't know.
  • by tekrat (242117) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @02:27PM (#39725577) Homepage Journal

    Horrah for this man! We need to do EVERYTHING we can RIGHT NOW to defend and support his actions.

    For those of you that do not remember Cindy Sheehan, she was a lone war protester, who was ridiculed initially, by the media, by officials, and everyone else, but she bravely kept it up and turned the country around to questioning the war instead of just being "rah rah, go usa"

    This person now needs our support before he's thrown in jail and made to disappear. The media need to support him, NOT ridicule him, as I'm sure they will, assuming they cover this story AT ALL.

    We need to take the fight up and shed light on it, make the media question the TSA, and whether we're over-reaching in our response to 9/11.

    This dude has sacrificed himself for the rest of us. Don't let his sacrifice be in vain.

  • by geekoid (135745) <> on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @02:51PM (#39725975) Homepage Journal

    If you have to that far out to the extreme to make your point, you don't have on.

    But lets use you stupid inane example to work, shall we?

    There are laws against disturbing the peace. You can the authority and get it taken care of.

    Telemarketing isn't illegal. So put you number on the don not call list and use the law when someone violates it.
    Going after the person dialing from a list of member in front of him is worthless and mean. Going after the company the hires him and gives him the list is the way to handle it.

    TSA has a place. They've gone to far, but the certainly have a place.

    Please stop calling yourself the destroyer of woo until you learn how to argue. Those of us that actually fight for rational thought every day don't need assholes like you involved.

  • by Tom (822) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @03:28PM (#39726551) Homepage Journal

    Telemarketers are just doing their job.

    So are soldiers, TSA agents or, for that matter, suicide bombers. It doesn't make it better. Unless they are slaves or otherwise forced, they made a choice to do that job. It might've been a hard choice, bills to pay and all, but a choice nevertheless.

  • by FlashBIOS (665492) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @08:21PM (#39730039)

    Why are we in America so terrified of the human body?

    One word: Christian Right

    body hostility is an old christian tradition. Not really sure where it came from, probably as a counterpoint to the much more relaxed romans and then it just stuck.

    Yet "body hostility" also exists in numerous other cultures, such as many of those in Asia, that weren't influenced by the Christian Right.

    So, instead of repeating tired tropes about scapegoat groups, how about we place the blame where it really belongs: different people are different.

You are in a maze of little twisting passages, all alike.