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Man Protests TSA With Nudity

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the inspired-by-invisible-children dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 434

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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hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Insightful)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724531)

now every time he applies for a job he will come up on the sex offender search

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (4, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724629)

..and the interviewer if he googles will find that article and see why. the guy is a legend now. bet you 20 bucks he reads slashdot.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (4, Funny)

Firehed (942385) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724745)

Neckbeard like that? No doubt :p

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (4, Funny)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724883)

He clearly doesn't have a neckbeard. Either your dictionary or you eyes need checking.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725205)

He clearly doesn't have a neckbeard. Either your dictionary or you eyes need checking.

Going by definitition 3 on Urban Dictionary [urbandictionary.com] , that is exactly what I've always thought of as a neckbeard.

Facial hair that extends underneath your chin and onto your neck.

Of course, I'm sure it's not a standardized word either.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725187)

I was guessing more from his fathers assertion that "he works with the internet" in california. :)

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (2, Informative)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724683)

So, exposing yourself in public puts you on the sex offenders list? Since when? What degree of exposure are we talking about? How are "flashing" and "mooning" treated? :S

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724747)

If a child is present, congrats, you're a sex offender.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724825)

Really? From everything I heard it's REGARDLESS.

Basically if anyone sees you exposed (esp in public), you're a sex offender, regardless of any children present.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725141)

Really? From everything I heard it's REGARDLESS.

Not a word. It's actually IRREGARDLESS.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725327)

If a child is present, congrats, you're a sex offender.

It doesn't always require that a child is present... People have been put on sex offender lists for both mooning and public urination, without children being present. It's the result of our "tough on crime" and "zero tolerance" attitudes.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724757)

Yes, indecent exposure is considered a sex crime and gets you on the sex offenders registry. So don't get to drunk and pee on a sidewalk, ya know?

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Informative)

wickedskaman (1105337) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724787)

It does here in California. Urinating in public can put you there. Although it gives levels of offense, I don't think people who pay attention to those lists care much as it usually says something vague like "Indecent exposure" or "Public exposure", not "Was drunk, pissed in alley" or "TSA trollin'"

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725261)

I'm surprised. I thought California had lots of nude or topless beaches, where exposing yourself was not a crime? (shrug)

I liked the lady who showed-up in a bikini, thus showing she was not hiding anything. Unfortunately that tactic won't work 10 years from now when she's fatter and not so good looking. Then the TSA will be demanding she cover-up. LOL.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (3, Informative)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724819)

Since the sex offender registry was created. Public urination will land you there too. Enjoy college.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (4, Informative)

Boricua1213 (881427) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725035)

I got public urination infraction, I'm not on sex offender registry. Funny, this happened during college.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (4, Informative)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725287)

You may be soon. [wikipedia.org]

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724827)

According to the wiki article:

For example, in most states, it[indecent exposure] is a criminal offense punishable by fines and/or imprisonment, and/or registered sex offender requirements and restrictions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indecent_exposure_in_the_United_States [wikipedia.org]

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725091)

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

TFA:
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:
http://kdvr.com/2012/04/10/woman-strips-naked-at-dia/

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.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725253)

He exposed himself to children! Just think, now these kids when taking a bath might look down at themselves. For thousands of years children have had to see human bodies, this must be stopped.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (3, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724837)

Yeah, people shouldn't stand up against abuses of their rights: there might be NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES TO IT!!!

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (1, Insightful)

Norwell Bob (982405) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725033)

I'm sure there are more constructive ways to protest than stripping in an airport in front of people. As is the TSA screener has any power... "Oh, this guy with his wang hanging out... he really put a new perspective on things for me... I've got to take this straight to the top!"

All he's succeeded in doing is humiliating himself, his family, earning a criminal record, landing on the sex offender list, jeopardizing future employment options, and probably making a bunch of people around him nervous/scared (because, really, what sane or stable person does that?). This was a completely ineffective protest.

But, hey, his junk was visible, so... funny, right?

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Insightful)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725079)

because, really, what sane or stable person does that?

One making a political statement.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Insightful)

dargaud (518470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725197)

I'm sure there are more constructive ways to protest than stripping in an airport in front of people.

It generated more news than any other TSA protest in memory. That was a win.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724885)

So in an ironic twist, he'd be perfect TSA material.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Insightful)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724949)

Hooray for our puritanical society. Two people could beat the living shit out of each other in front of kids, which is almost certainly far more damaging to a kid's psyche than this incident, and as long as they don't press charges on each other, the most they'd get is a disturbing the peace ticket. Police officers will publicly taser (effectively, short-term torture) anyone who doesn't follow their instructions immediately and without question, although arguably that's a good lesson for a child to learn. But appearing naked in a context where they're voluntary observers at most (i.e. they can look away, and there's no stress at doing so because nobody is observing them back, making it more akin to seeing someone naked on an ultra-hi-def 3D TV than an encounter with a pervert), and he's a child molester. It's ridiculous, and anybody with an ounce of sense will see that if they actually look at the details, but the automated list escalates the offense from a silly if ill-conceived protest to a potentially life-ruining thing. I don't care if it was somebody protesting for increased TSA searches and power, the offense does not deserve that.

I personally think this guy is a hero. If he needs any help with legal costs or finding employment in the future, I'll be donating for sure. My thanks to anyone who draws more attention to how screwed up the state of things is, especially if it's in such a funny way.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (4, Insightful)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725063)

Police officers will publicly taser (effectively, short-term torture) anyone who doesn't follow their instructions immediately and without question, although arguably that's a good lesson for a child to learn.

Why the fuck would that be a good lesson for anyone, much less a child.

Obey immediately or get tortured?

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Insightful)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725269)

Sorry, I left out part of the sentence I'd meant to put in there, and thought it wasn't worth a self-reply to clarify due to obviousness (forgetting that it's obviously going to be obvious to me, I was thinking it, but not necessarily obvious what I meant to others, who are used to people with awful opinions posting on slashdot): I think it's an horrific thing that it happens, and that the lesson is one of the most traumatic things a child is can be subjected to, but it's better than being ignorant of it.

I say arguably, because some might think ignorance of the reality is better, at least until they're likely to have to deal with it personally.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725305)

Because as long as America remains the way it is, the situation will always be "Obey or be Tortured"? Also, they'll remember you later so they can arrange for more torture to go along with the tasing/pepper spray?

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725167)

But appearing naked in a context where they're voluntary observers at most (i.e. they can look away, and there's no stress at doing so because nobody is observing them back, making it more akin to seeing someone naked on an ultra-hi-def 3D TV than an encounter with a pervert), and he's a child molester. It's ridiculous, and anybody with an ounce of sense will see that if they actually look at the details, but the automated list escalates the offense from a silly if ill-conceived protest to a potentially life-ruining thing.

The only people who think that are the ones who don't realize that the sex offender registry can cover any kind of sexual offense, not just child molestation. Anybody with an ounce of sense and an idea of what's going on knows that no one is comparing indecent exposure to molesting kids, or implying that it's just as bad.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (5, Insightful)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725191)

Meanwhile, any kids who might have seen his protest will soon enough be fondled by the TSA, but that's somehow considered perfectly fine by the feds.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725299)

Like all criminal cases in the US, the outcome is dependent on these things in this order: arresting officer, prosecuting attorney, judge presiding over case, jury (if it comes to this).

This is how some of you have been caught urinating in public and were only given a court date and a fine. I hate the system as much as the next guy, but I find it unlikely very many people caught drunk and urinating in public have been put on the sex offender list. Especially if you're not an asshole and/or hired a decent lawyer.

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724977)

How can the first post be modded "Redundant"? WTF?

Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725053)

I know - what a fucken faget, huh? What's the deal with fagets always wanting everyone to look at theyre dick's? Fucken fagets need to keep their fucken faget dicks in theyre pants. Serves him right for trying to get faget sex at a fucken airport.

Jury Nullification (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725235)

An arrest does not mean conviction. You make it sound like he's convicted already. I hope he asks for a jury trial and there is Jury Nullification.
Easiest way to stop this nonsense at this point.

Frost piss (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724543)

Frost piss

This man is a hero. (5, Insightful)

Bradmont (513167) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724579)

This man is a hero.

Re:This man is a hero. (1)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724633)

Seconded. A little ironic that "komonews" thought it important to censor Brennon's bottom.

Re:This man is a hero. (-1, Offtopic)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724803)

This man is a hero.

A hero is defined as someone who sacrifices for the greater good. You know, like walking into a hailstorm of bullets, or lying to his wife about his whereabouts. Those things are heroic (lying to a wife is, in fact, a dangerous thing to do). This wasn't heroic -- this was stupid.

If you want to be heroic... don't fly. No, I mean that truly... and if you have a travel job, well, get a different one. Sacrifice something meaningful.

Re:This man is a hero. (5, Insightful)

condition-label-red (657497) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724893)

One person choosing not to fly is a small statement.

One person stripping naked in an airport makes a much bigger statement.

Re:This man is a hero. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725193)

Or a small statement depending on the guy

Re:This man is a hero. (5, Informative)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724945)

Getting added to the sexual offenders list and potentially spending time in jail or even prison and paying a not insignificant fine seems like a greater sacrifice than lying to a wife.

Re:This man is a hero. (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725133)

Or possibly even walking into a hailstorm of bullets.

Re:This man is a hero. (5, Insightful)

k6mfw (1182893) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725175)

If you want to be heroic... don't fly. No, I mean that truly... and if you have a travel job, well, get a different one. Sacrifice something meaningful.

You don't need to take a bus? tell that to Rosa Parks. Back then "the law" made sense even though it was not right. Maybe this guy did something stupid, perhaps his actions illustrate a large problem to many others. Gutsiest move this guy did, like walking into a hailstorm of bullets and hope his sacrifice will be for the greater good.

Re:This man is a hero. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725289)

What if you have parents that live overseas?

So, (4, Funny)

I Read Good (2348294) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724595)

what's my new hero's /. UID?

Hmm.. (2)

parkinglot777 (2563877) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724603)

Some passengers covered their eyes as well as their children's and retreated from the sight.

I just wanna know how many peek through the covered eyes?

Re:Hmm.. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

New signs: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724607)

"Do not strip until told to strip."

At least he wasn't carring a bomb. (4, Funny)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724617)

Did the TSA do a body cavity search before they called the cops?

Lessons from my cousin (4, Funny)

crazyjj (2598719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724659)

I've got a cousin who loves to mess with people who mess with him. When telemarketers call, he tries to keep them on the line as long as possible, only to tell them at the end that he's not interested. When people try to push brochures or flyers on him, he grabs as many as he can carry, crumples them up in front of the sales drone, and throws them in the trash. He's quite clever and takes a great delight in his ingenuity (my favorite is when he goes off on telemarketers, yelling "I'm trying to masturbate here!!!").

His answer to the TSA pat-down? He starts acting like he's getting off on it and then hits on the TSA agent (male or female) at the end of it.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (0)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724721)

His answer to the TSA pat-down? He starts acting like he's getting off on it and then hits on the TSA agent (male or female) at the end of it.

Funny, I would have thought that the best way to mess with them would be to demand that they cite the law that gives them the authority to sexually abu^W^Wforcibly pat-down members of the public.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

crazyjj (2598719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724861)

Yeah, but where's the fun?

Re:Lessons from my cousin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725027)

Funny, I would have thought that the best way to mess with them would be to demand that they cite the law that gives them the authority to sexually abu^W^Wforcibly pat-down members of the public.

And then what? They'd say something boneheaded like, "We have the authority to do this, sir. Either comply or we will arrest you."

They're not paid to think critically about their jobs. They're not going to say, "Oh, gee, sir, I dunno, I'll just suspend screening procedures while we seek advice from our head counsel in Washington. Is there a convenient number where we can reach you or your attorney to follow up?"

Even real cops don't know all of the laws all of the time.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725257)

You are a boring, unfunny douche. Stick to IT.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

forand (530402) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724875)

While I can see ones reason for taking their frustration out on the TSA agents, this type of response will likely have the opposite effect. The TSA agents are acting as directed. To affect change we need to work to change the laws and regulations.

Gowdin time (5, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724901)

The TSA agents are acting as directed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_defense [wikipedia.org]

Re:Gowdin time (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725171)

Gowdin is in Iran...

Re:Lessons from my cousin (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724943)

Nobody forced them to take the job. They took because they like it. Fuck these pervs.. sideways!

But I also pissed that there are no hot babes stripping down.. Always some fat, ugly fucker

Re:Lessons from my cousin (3, Informative)

Tanuki64 (989726) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724981)

The TSA agents are acting as directed.

Yep, it is exactly what this guy said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Eichmann [wikipedia.org]
He was hanged nervertheless.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724989)

To affect change we need to work to change the laws and regulations.

And to raise awareness of the problem so that laws and regulations are changed, we need guys like this. Otherwise, politicians just don't care.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725241)

Why, so he can have the pleasure of being called "a little turbulence"?

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724891)

I have a friend who is currently getting radiation treatment for his radiation therapy, and he told the officer that he'd prefer a pat-down the last time he flew. I told him next time to ask "Is it a problem that I have an erection?" Coincidentally, this guy is the only person I know who had a telemarketer hang up on him! He had the guy on the line for 15 minutes asking all sorts of questions.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724911)

Should read "radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer".

Re:Lessons from my cousin (4, Insightful)

preaction (1526109) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724913)

Telemarketers are just doing their job. Tell them up-front "Please remove me from your list." and let them get on with it. This is another instance of "shoot the messenger."

The people who get paid minimum wage to hand out flyers are also just doing their job. What happens when they go back to their boss and say "Some guy grabbed all my flyers and destroyed them." Think they're going to keep that job they desperately need?

As for the TSA: Right on. That is the absolute correct response. Make them uncomfortable giving pat-downs, and maybe they'll put the pressure on the higher-ups.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (4, Interesting)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 2 years ago | (#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:Lessons from my cousin (3, Insightful)

dargaud (518470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725293)

Yeah, when I was in the US (in my country telemarketing is illegal), I made it a point to try to get telemarketers to cry on the phone. I went along with something like: "You should have listened to your mother when she told you to study and you wouldn't be pissing off people for 4$ an hour now."

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725119)

What happens when they go back to their boss and say "Some guy grabbed all my flyers and destroyed them." Think they're going to keep that job they desperately need?

If he says that, he shouldn't keep his job. If he is smart enough to be employable, he'll say "I handed them all out. Every one of them". You think the boss is going to canvas the area he sent the guy to see how many people got one? And technically, he did hand them all out -- to one guy who destroyed them all.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (4, Informative)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725267)

the best thing to have when dealing with Telemarketers (in the US) is a printed copy of 47CFR64.1200.

in fact if they are any kind of smart they will hang up on you if they even think you are aware of the contents of
" Title 47 - Telecommunication. CHAPTER I - FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED). SUBCHAPTER B - COMMON CARRIER SERVICES (CONTINUED). PART 64 - MISCELLANEOUS RULES RELATING TO COMMON CARRIERS. Subpart L - Restrictions on Telemarketing, "

and yes you can ask for 1 the person doing the calls name 2 the name of the business the call is on behalf of 3 a contact number for that business (and they are required to give correct answers)

also btw you are allowed to record everything also (since any laws regarding recording drop out due to the telemarketers commonly recording things on their end)

Re:Lessons from my cousin (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724953)

That's a fucking dickhead response by your cousin.

Telemarketers are people struggling to find jobs, and telemarketing is bottom-rung job that pays when all other options don't pan out. Being an asshat to someone struggling, when all he needs to do is just hang up or say "not interested" and hang up, is rather puerile.

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

If you really don't like telemarketers or the TSA, protest the people that matter: the ones that hire them, or the onese that ignore do-not-call lists, or the ones that make the laws.

But don't fuck with every day people trying to make ends meet by working a shitty job.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725009)

The TSA agents are uneducated goons with too much power. Petty actors in the security theater propped up by bad legislation and a badly run agency by the TSA
Fuck 'em.
Fire every single one of them. We'll be safer, the skies will be safer, and we'll put those tax dollars to something that can actually save lives.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (5, Interesting)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725243)

People who are doing telemarketing because of financial difficulties should still quit that job and try something that's at least a bit ethically acceptable - like prostitution, for example.

Re:Lessons from my cousin (4, Interesting)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Don't try it at SFO or LAX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724973)

In California that is sexual harassment, and carries significant legal liability. (In California it doesn't matter if you work for a place or not, if you create a "hostile work environment" then you can get raked over the coals)

Re:Lessons from my cousin (0)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725085)

I've got a cousin who loves to mess with people who mess with him.

Wait... people doing their job trying to feed their families are now "messing" with you? Your cousin sounds like a colossal dick who goes out of his way to be nasty and rude to people. Don't frame his juvenile antics as somehow clever or inspired. He's just your run of the mill asshole, and you probably are too for looking up to him.

People doing their job... (2)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725251)

I bet there are plenty of criminals who feed their families with the money they make from their crimes. Yet somehow, that does not absolve them of responsibility for their actions. Why should the TSA workers, who are being paid to sexually assault members of the public, be treated any different? Nobody signs up to work for the TSA without knowing what that agency does.

Airport Security Nudity Day (5, Interesting)

nxcho (754392) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724661)

Let us declare April 17 as Airport Security Nudity Day.

If you have nothing to hide (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724761)

,,then showing everything should not be illegal.

The government should be told they can't have their cake and eat it to. Congress members should follow (birthday) suit. Unless of course, they have something to hide..

Enjoyment = Viagra + patdown (3, Funny)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724763)

Is there a law about taking Viagra and enjoying the patdown? Let the holiday start before take off. Not the best thing to do when wearing a Kilt I guess; but I don't claim this to be a wise idea.

Re:Enjoyment = Viagra + patdown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725039)

It doesn't automatically give you a boner. You would still have to find something arousing about the security pat down. Somebody's fetish, I guess.

Awesome! (1)

psyclone241 (733888) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724797)

The best part of the article is his father's statement! 'He does something with the Internet, which is just kind of mystical to me.' - LOL Something that 90% of those who know me, would say of me. Still amazes me how many people still see the internet as 'mystical'. As previously mentioned, this guy certainly has a slashdot profile, I'm sure of it!

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725143)

I find it amusing how his father assumes that since his job is "mystical" and involves computers and the Internet then it's absolutely not stressful at all.

computer company in California (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39724833)

California and computer are screwing up people ;) Just kidding he is a hero.

This man has a vision !!!! (2)

martiniturbide (1203660) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724855)

In fact if everybody stood naked on the line, the security check will be faster.

Re:This man has a vision !!!! (1)

apcullen (2504324) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724937)

Hey... he had nothing to hide. Do you?

Re:This man has a vision !!!! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725163)

You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singing a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an
organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singing a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.

And that's what it is, the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come's around on the guitar.

With feeling.

now see here (3, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724865)

We here at the TSA has been doing a spectacular job of undermining airport security and making a mockery of government policy in the wake of 9/11. we certainly dont need the help of airline passengers to continue this legacy, especially if in this case it takes all the fun out of clandestine patdowns and secret naked pictures. Now gentlemen, if you'll excuse me, i believe theres an 8 year old girl and an incontinent 72 year old diabetic that need some 'enhanced screening'

And in a twist of irony.... (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724897)

... now he probably won't be allowed to fly anywhere.

Father's Response (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 2 years ago | (#39724919)

The father's response bugged me a bit:

"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."

People who are under stress will often suppress it and put on a happy face to everyone around. This isn't a healthy way of dealing with it, of course, and the person is likely to snap at some point.

And also, the Internet is mystical??!!! "For my next trick, I shall conjure up Google's homepage!" *awaits oohs and aaahs from the crowd*

Wear a tenchcoat and nothing else (1)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725071)

That way, when you're naked, it's because they told you to take off the coat. How could you be charged with any crime when it was the TSA that forced you into it?

Which is more likely to traumatise children (4, Interesting)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 2 years ago | (#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?

computer company (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725111)

to say that working in a computer company is not stressful is paradoxical, at the very least.

Dear America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39725169)

Dear America. Pull that stick out of your ass. It was just a naked person.

Fight Club (2)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725177)

"His name was John E. Brennon"
"His name was John E. Brennon"
"His name was John E. Brennon..."

Asked to dress (1)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725247)

From the article:

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.

After reading this, I have to wonder whether he would have been arrested if he'd gotten dressed when asked. Being able to flash the TSA but avoid jail if you just put your clothes back on when asked would have interesting/intriguing implications.

boycott? (1)

dittbub (2425592) | more than 2 years ago | (#39725285)

why not protest this way; boycott air travel
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