PORTLAND, Ore. >> An Oregon man who stripped naked at Portland International Airport as a protest against airport security screeners says he was being "nude but not lewd," and characterized his act of defiance as protected political speech.
John Brennan of Portland faces charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after taking off far more than his belt and shoes during the screening process before a Tuesday evening flight to San Jose, Calif.
Brennan says the Transportation Security Administration has trouble balancing the line between privacy and security, and he decided to protest because he was pulled aside after going through the metal detector.
The Oregonian reports the Port of Portland summary said Brennan "disrobed completely naked" while going through a security screening area.
The report said Brennan’s actions caused some passengers to cover their eyes and their children’s eyes while others looked, laughed and took photos. Two screening lanes were temporarily closed.
He missed his flight to San Jose, Calif.
Brennan plans to fly to San Jose tonight.