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Man strips at airport, misses flight

2012-04-18 22:49

Portland - A 49-year-old Oregon man became so fed up with airport screening that he stripped naked at Portland International Airport security checkpoint, police said.

Some passengers covered their own eyes, as well as their children's, during the Tuesday evening incident, a Port of Portland Police report said, while others "stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos".

Officials asked John Brennan numerous times to put his clothes back on, but "Mr Brennan refused to dress" and was taken into custody, according to the police report.

"When interviewed about his actions, Mr Brennan stated he flies a lot and had disrobed as a form of protest against [Transportation Security Administration] screeners who he felt were harassing him," the report said.

He was jailed on suspicion of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure and later released. Neither alcohol nor drugs was involved in the incident, the report said.

Brennan missed his Alaska Airlines flight to San Jose, California.

Comments
  • Schalk - 2012-04-19 07:28

    I travel to the middle east regularly. The airport screening procedures have become a joke and completely out of proportion to what they aim to achieve. They took away my nail clippers and a laser pointer; but in business class they gave me a metal knife and fork to have dinner with -go figure!

  • Preshen - 2012-04-19 07:55

    hope the weather has hot at the airport because cold weather make things shrink

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-19 10:13

    You should try flying Qatar Airlines from Dubai to Doha onwards to JHB. You are issued with a boarding pass for your onward flight from Doha to JHB in Dubai presumably to avoid wasting time in transit. Arriving at the boarding gate in Doha you are turned back to some counter where 400 people of all nationalities are standing in a haphazard queue trying to get to various destinations because they have had similar experiences. There are only two women on duty neither of whom seems capable of being even a domestic worker and the queue is growing. NO COMMUNICATION, NO ORGANISATION and NO APOLOGY. Next to tyou is a board telling you the status of your flight, BOARDING, LAST CALL, GATE CLOSED etc. The women scream at the people who refuse to leave the front of the queue at the counter, passengers become enraged and ready t lynch passengers with similar issues. And the queue continues to grow longer... Now and then the women trying to handle it are overcome and disappear behind a door for a smoke, a cry, who knows? Believe me Africa is a FIRST WORLD company by comparison both Kenya and SA sorted our problems in 20 mins. NEVER AGAIN WILL I FLY VIA DOHA WITH QATAR. This has happened twice out of twice and on both occasions QATAR knew in advance of the problem but had made no extra staff or provision or even plan as to how the situation would be handled. An E-news reporter has the whole 7 hour incident recorded as has a Dubai based reporter and I am R2000 out of pocket.

  • kseyffert - 2012-10-19 23:01

    Actually, I have been waiting for it. This was inevitable. As security gets more intrusive and time consuming, it was only a matter of time. Hell, I am waiting for when it becomes necessary to pass security Naked as standard policy. It cannot be more than 3 years away!!!!!!!

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