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Stark Naked at the Airport

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Picture this: I am standing in line at an airport security check. I place my luggage and computer bag on the belt. Next, I dump all my change, keys and other random pocket debris in the little basket. I take off my shoes. Then I remove my belt and add it to the train.


But I don't stop there. I keep going. I remove my pants. I slip my shirt over my head. I pull off my socks. And lastly, I step out of my underpants and fling them onto the belt.


I am stark naked.


Women gasp and give me their phone numbers. Men look on with envy. Someone with a video camera films the whole circus. The humorless TSA personnel look on with confusion, their small minds struggling to recall what the Homeland Security Rule Book says about this.


I ignore them and stroll through. At the end of the conveyor, I casually put my clothes back on.

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Somebody calls security. Let them figure out what to do. Once I am dressed, two beefy guards haul me away.


I find myself in jail. My attorney bails me out.


The next day the YouTube comes out. Two million people watch it. I appear on MSNBC and chat with Keith Olbermann. I am suddenly an international sensation. I get an agent and a book deal.


A week later I'm in court, charged with indecent exposure. The prosecutor recounts my display to the judge who nods solemnly. My attorney argues that, had I been placed beneath the scanner, this too would technically have been indecent exposure. I would have been exposing myself to a one man audience -" the scanner operator. My attorney will argue that the charge of indecent exposure does not specify how large the audience must be for the charge to apply.


The judge will rule in my favor. I will be free to go.   


In the ensuing weeks, five thousand airline passengers will perform stripteases at the airport.


Homeland Security will be stumped.

Playboy will send photographers.      

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John Blumenthal has been a professional comedy writer for 25 years. A former associate editor and columnist at Playboy Magazine (following a short stint at Esquire), he's written 8 books and 2 produced movies. His films include "Short Time," (major (more...)

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....I too might be tempted to strip naked at every... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:55:59 AM
I had advocated the offer of such a revealing exer... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 12:01:05 PM
Either my memory is wrong about commenting on this... by Herb Ruhs on Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:24:00 PM
it seems to me that you would have to be quite an ... by Archie on Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:58:35 PM
You're absolutely right about their minds. I've o... by Dave Kisor on Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:53:29 PM
I think people should take this so seriously they ... by David Roche on Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 at 8:03:53 PM