TSA Protest Summary

Going through TSA [Transportation Security Agency] screening at Portland International Airport, John Brennan opted out of the standard screening and got a full pat down. He was off to the side of the screening line. Everything was normal until a TSA machine indicated that John had residue from explosives. He disrobed both as a protest and to show he was not carrying a bomb. John got naked. In public. At the airport. Where it’s legal.
TSA had John arrested by the Port of Portland Police for charges of indecent exposure. He was quickly acquitted, confirming the legality of the protest. However, TSA filed civil charges of “interfering with the screening process” (49 C.F.R.§ 1540.109). The civil case continues 3.5 years later.


TSA Protest Legal Timeline

April 17, 2012 – Protest of TSA leads to arrest at PDX
July 18, 2012 – Acquitted on criminal charges of indecent exposure
Aug. 30, 2012 – TSA Notice of civil charges. Proposed Penalty – $1,000.
May 14 2013 – TSA hearing with ALJ [Administrative Law Judge] George Jordan.
April 2, 2014 – TSA ALJ decision
April 8, 2014 – Notice of Appeal for TSA
July 24, 2014 – USCG sends to Decision Maker
September 19, 2014 – Final Decision and Order (885 days from protest to final decision)
March 2, 2015 – Civil charges appealed to the 9th Circuit Court