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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Man strips at airport checkpoint

By Associated Press

RICHMOND -- Police say a man stripped to his underwear at a Virginia airport checkpoint in a protest against security procedures.

Airport police said the man took off his shirt and pants at Richmond International Airport on Thursday. He had scrawled across his chest a reference to the Constitution's 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

Police identified the man as 21-year-old Aaron B. Tobey of Charlottesville, Va. He told police he was a student at the University of Cincinnati.

Tobey was interviewed by airport police and federal authorities, issued a citation for disorderly conduct and released. He is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 10.

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By Associated Press  | December 31, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
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What? You don't like the new Freedom Fondles?

Speak of, I actually looked up what happens during an Enhanced Pat Down. Let's just say that the "Don't touch my junk" guy wasn't crazy, because junk definitely gets touched.

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | December 31, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of Pete Seeger and Malvina Reynolds' song, "Do as the Doukhobors Do."

There's a new tactic to use, my dear,
If you have a protest no one wants to hear,
Just attend a rally where the big shots meet,
Strip to your hide and walk down the street.

Way up in Canada, Doukhobor lads
Were sent to public schools disapproved of by their dads,
So the Doukhobor women said "that's enough!"
And they went to the meeting in the buff.

Do as the Douhobors do, honey,
Do as the Doukhobors do.
If public policy gets on your nerves
And no one pays attention to you
Throw away your dresses and your lingerie too,
And do as the Doukhobors do!

Posted by: Grad14 | December 31, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Shoot, last November leaving San Diego, I dropped my cargo pants and put them in the tub. Told the guard it was simpler than emptying all those pockets.
He nodded and I passed another cargo-pant wearing guy who had missed a pocket and was getting the pat-down.
That was after my experience going through National on the way out. I had removed all the metal but the guard make me back up because of my wallet because "It's thick."
Then he patted me and asked what the .65 oz bottle of Visine was.
"Visine".
"Go back and run it through the X-ray".
Geebus, How many 70-year old gray hair terrorists are there?

Posted by: carlcuster | December 31, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Shoot, last November leaving San Diego, I dropped my cargo pants and put them in the tub. Told the guard it was simpler than emptying all those pockets.
He nodded and I passed another cargo-pant wearing guy who had missed a pocket and was getting the pat-down.
That was after my experience going through National on the way out. I had removed all the metal but the guard make me back up because of my wallet because "It's thick."
Then he patted me and asked what the .65 oz bottle of Visine was.
"Visine".
"Go back and run it through the X-ray".
Geebus, How many 70-year old gray hair terrorists are there?

Posted by: carlcuster | December 31, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

How is taking off outer clothing disorderly conduct? Our subject is still wearing more (and covering more) than he would be at the beach. Put me on that jury. The whole purpose of a pat down is to discover what might be hidden under the outer clothing. If the clothing is removed for inspection and the skin is exposed for visual inspection, then all that is missing is the grope by some guy in blue gloves. We know that Virginia considers being drunk in a bar or being naked in your house to be crimes, but being in your underware is also now a crime??? What about all of those babies and toddlers we see all summer long without their pants? Does the gender and age of the partial stripper make any differenece in the criminal outcome? Perhaps the solution is to have clothing optional lines with sight-tight barriers to help speed the uninhibited on their way. Would this act have been more or less "disorderly" based upon the age and "hotness" of the person?

Perhaps we should all be required to wear surgical scrubs and no underware in order to fly. The control types would be pleased because we would all be in the proper uniform and the fashion-insecure would be more comfortable because no one looks over-dressed. The wealthy who wore uniforms in prep school and the poor who wore uniforms in the Army would once again appear equal. The need for uniform fly suits would stimulate the economy

Remember that disorderly conduct is the criminal charge when you have irritated a law enforcment officer and have not committed any real, definable criminal standard of conduct. What is disorder, anyway? Isn't it simply doing something that someone else doesn't want you to do, but hasn't told you about not doing it ahead of time?

Posted by: ralphgrutzmacher | December 31, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Please hold such stories until an attractive female strips in an airport!

THEN you'll have readership.

Posted by: clitteigh | December 31, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I think I have to try this. Slightly heavy, but still attractive fe

Posted by: merzydoats | December 31, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess. Some other idiot wanting his 15 minutes of fame.

Posted by: abbydelabbey | December 31, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Underwear? That isn't the kind of protest that'll get you laid. Not enough commitment.

Posted by: gpsman | December 31, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Tobey is a hero. He refuses to bend to a egregious government violation of citizens rights. The US KGB has been created by Homeland Security at the expense of rights of citizens and defimation of the US Constitution.
Congress needs to drive a stake through the heart of Homeland Security and TSA, along with the EPA.
We have to many regulatory agency's who have stepped over the boundaries of constitutional authority.

Posted by: lhudson828 | December 31, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I fly a lot and never see any of this at the airport. Last week I got through security in about 3 minutes.

Posted by: ctree | January 1, 2011 1:18 AM | Report abuse

The only thing ridiculous about this guy is the actions taken upon him by our government that doesn't respect the Constitution upon which our rule of law is based.

Posted by: slydell | January 1, 2011 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Citation??? They should have led him away in handcuffs, and released him about 18 hours later. What an 1diot!

Posted by: curiousGeorge4 | January 1, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Why is it so hard to understand that flying isn't a right therefore it is impossible to have your rights violated when you CHOOSE to fly and you CHOOSE to stand in a search line.

Posted by: dtysko | January 1, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me this fellow was arrested merely for exercising his legitimate right to make a statement.

Last winter, I saw a man jogging in some kind of Speedo (really, it was more like a thong) and sneakers. Such exhibitionism may be many things, but illegal is not one of them.

Posted by: gbock | January 1, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

>>Why is it so hard to understand that flying isn't a right therefore it is impossible to have your rights violated when you CHOOSE to fly and you CHOOSE to stand in a search line.
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Driving isn't a right either, but that doesn't mean the government can violate your constitutional rights.

There were 700+ traffic fatalities in Virginia alone this year. Does that mean that we should all be subjected to gps tracking to ensure we all obey traffic laws? It will save lives, so why not?

This is the justification of the fear mongerers who are ok with respectable, law abiding citizens get felt up by the gov't so they can travel. If it keeps us alive, then it is ok.

No, IT IS NOT OK.

Posted by: slydell | January 1, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

He probably thought this would make him famous. The best thing to do is to not even publicize it and maybe he'll go back to his usual routine hanging out in adult bookstores and strip clubs.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 2, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

He fought the law and the law won.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | January 2, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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