PDX stripper speaks out as civil hearing begins

FILE - John Brennan, the man who stripped at Portland International Airport to protest TSA screeners, is shown as he testifies during his trial Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE - John Brennan, the man who stripped at Portland International Airport to protest TSA screeners, is shown as he testifies during his trial Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A civil hearing got underway in federal court Tuesday for a man who is challenging a $1,000 fine levied against him by the Transportation Security Administration for stripping naked while going through security over a year ago at Portland International Airport.

“They are invading our privacy in their screenings,” John Brennan told KOIN 6 News Tuesday. “It’s too much for what they offer.”

Brennan is challenging the fine with a claim that stripping naked was his right to protest — and that he was not breaking any laws.

On April 17, 2012, John Brennan took off all his clothes after he said he became frustrated for being put through multiple screenings by airport security.

In July of 2012, a Multnomah County judge found him not guilty of a count of indecent exposure. However, the TSA brought a $1,000 civil penalty against Brennan, charging him with interfering with screening operations. They claim Brennan Brennan’s actions caused delays for other passengers, because it forced them to cease operations at one of their checkpoints.

Brennan had asked the TSA to delay its civil procedure until the criminal case ended, which it did.

TSA officers testified in court Tuesday.

Brennan told KOIN 6 News after Tuesday’s testimony that the judge will make a decision in 30 to 60 days.

Chad Carter contributed to this report.

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