It would be hard to find a group that has taken more criticism from the population in the past few years than the TSA. Accusations of harassment, lawsuits, and yes, protests have been commonplace news stories in the new millennium.
Let’s just take a trip back in time to some of the most recent stories of dustups between the TSA and travelers:
Last year, a blog post from a woman crying “TSA rape” prompted legal considerations. In February, a TSA agent was accused of stealing money from someone during a patdown. Just a week later, a Denver woman made news when she refused a patdown.
Hell, even a U.S. Senator was reported to have a dustup with the TSA.
We’ve also seen video of old ladies, young children, and even people in wheelchairs going through the TSA checkpoints. The TSA has a knack for hitting on issues of privacy, personal liberties, and saftey & security like almost no other entity in modern American culture. Just this week, a video went viral of a woman sobbing uncontrollably while being frisked by agents.
That’s why I can’t say I’m surprised that an Oregon man stripped buck-naked at the Portland National Airport on Tuesday in protest.
Google+Reader”>According to CNN, 50-year-old John E. Brennan was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after walking through a TSA security screening area in the buff. His reason? He said that he’s a frequent flyer and he took off his clothes to protest what he felt was harassment by the TSA officials.
His actions caused a couple of screening lanes to be shut down for a little bit.
While nude protests might not always be the best way to go about this (there are kids around, man), it’s pretty clear that people are becoming more and more fed up with the recent complications of flying.
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