Gotta Watch: Naked in public
A man stripped naked at Portland International Airport.
April 18th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Naked in public

A man in Portland, Oregon stripped naked in an airport last night to protest the screening process. Whether you think he's a hero or just plain crazy, he definitely tops our list of awkward TSA patdowns. He’s certainly not the first person to have an awkward encounter in a state of undress. You’ve Gotta Watch these uncomfortable moments in public nudity history.

Naked TSA patdown

When a 50-year-old man felt that TSA screeners were “harassing” him at the Portland International Airport, he decided to strip down in protest. The police report said that some people “stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos.” Check out what they saw — if you dare.

Naked car chase

This woman reached 128 miles per hour in her car before getting pulled over by police. When she stepped out of the car, police were stunned to find that she was mostly naked. See how she acts in the back of the police car.

Naked on Wall Street

These performance artists tried “exposing” Wall Street with a naked protest. Their goal was to promote transparency, of course. Watch the stunt that shocked even the most hardened New Yorkers.

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  1. ColorMaven

    There are people out there that moan and groan about how "TSA has never caught a terrorist." Perhaps it is due in some measure to the fact that more vigilance has made it far less of an "easy target?" People moan about invading their privacy and the hassle of being inconvenienced in lines at the airport...yet, many of those same people open the doors to their private lives via their internet behavior and will wait overnight in the freezing cold in front of WalMart to save a few bucks on an XBox. I remember flying to Greece back in the 80's and having to walk the tarmac through a gauntlet of machine-gun carrying soldiers due to the hijackings/terrorism of that time. If people don't like the hassle at the airport, they shouldn't fly. My bigger beef is with people who get away with bringing far too much carry on luggage aboard.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • berman

      Please explain to me what invasive TSA searches that violate the 4th amendment have to do with waiting "overnight in the freezing cold in front of WalMart to save a few bucks on an XBox". You make no sense.

      April 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • AthensGuy

      However, the FBI has managed (and continues to manage) to "smuggle in" weapons and fake bombs into airplanes as part of undercover assessment of TSA... so, I bet they have not caught one, because no real terrorist has really tried.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lars Maxfield

      I could not have said it better myself.

      I suspect that without the TSA's heightened security events like 9/11 would be more common. So far the US has been safe.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed

    I think he was just rying to help TSA the want to see everything and touch everything anyway, cause they're all a bunch of pervs( only people in the country allowed to molest children legally) he was just making it easy for the pervs

    April 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ColorMaven

      Good grief. I fly *a lot* and I have never seen a TSA agent molest a child or anyone else for that matter. Kids in this country are subject to harm at a much more alarming rate at the hands of people that they know and are supposed to be able to trust. In addition, how harmful are parents who allow their kids to do far too much computer gaming and TV watching at the expense of getting out, exercising and interacting with their peers – not to mention reading a good book?

      April 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @ColorMaven:
      I agree with your entire post.
      Especially about reading a good old-fashioned book.
      The kind bound with paper are the best, imo.
      A walk to the library is nice....and comes with a bonus: no TSA agents! ;)

      April 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dakota2000

      Well, I know you are trolling but, I think about this: If you were a perv, were would you apply for a job? Its a short list: Schools, Ymca, and airport security. They go where they can get their kicks.

      Unfortunately, I don't think this guy is anybody's cup of tea...

      April 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name here

      oh come on. So searching an 8month old baby is ok? That's a little rediculous

      April 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. toxictown

    After watching these, I think I'll make sure to hit the gym before my nude protest.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sal Voce

    So, why can't we get Marissa Miller, or other the Dallas Cheerleaders to also protest???

    April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. dazzle ©

    The sight of this individual sure is not pretty but I don't blame him for taking a stand against the random policies of The TSA. Too many us who have to fly for business have been subjected to the pat down and full body scan. I try to pack lightly, carry a laptop, and handbag. Said handbag was dumped out on a recent trip and a favorite flacon of fragrance and lip gloss turned up missing. They can be replaced but they were stolen by this behemoth TSA woman...Grrr!!

    April 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. PDX

    Keep Portland Weird

    April 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CenTexan©

      LOL! It's keep AUSTIN weird! Copy cat!

      April 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mackinaw

    As a frequent flyer all over the US and Europe I have never encountered a bad situation with TSA. If you look for trouble you will find it. This guy probably has difficulty no matter where he goes. Look folks, if a plane goes down, the first fingers will be pointed at TSA. Travel to Russia or Asia and see how KINDLY travelers are treated in other parts of the world. We are spoiled and hate any "inconvenience"..Love America it is the best country on the planet. Freedom don't come easy folks!!!

    April 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • berman

      Yes, apparently the price of freedom is our freedom. Nice Orwellian doublespeak.

      April 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GoldenRod

    He's our Hero!

    April 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. waitasec

    clothes are over rated

    we're born naked, what's the big deal?

    April 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • anna

      Yea but you certainly looked better then, dont you think??

      April 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. waitasec

    anything claiming to reveal the truth is probably flawed.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • heywood Jablowme

      the eternal optimist

      April 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Woody

    Even naked a person can transport drugs and a weapon that is why there is a thing also called a cavity search in the jails .

    April 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Paul in NYC

    I fly a good deal and have been through security at airports in the US, South America and in Europe. I am sympathetic to the difficult job entrusted to the TSA officers. To be honest, the most annoying screeners with the least amount of common sense and compassion are the screeners at PDX. I'm not saying they are ALL unreasonable. I met one last week who was above average in carrying out his duties. But overall, I know PDX is the place most likely to create more frustration than any other airport I know of.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Shamick Gaworski

    why never good looking people strip to protest something? :-)

    April 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. berman

    He's my hero of the month. I loathe the incompetent, money wasting morons at the TSA.

    April 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Fiona

    My comment hasn't posted, and the only thing I can think of is the word "na ked" bounced it to the censors. Bit ironic, no?

    April 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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