In 2010, airline passenger Aaron Tobey stripped down to his shorts at a Richmond airport as part of a protest against security procedures and “naked body scanners.”On his chest part of the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment was written:
“Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated”.
According to Tobey, he was handcuffed and detained by the TSA for about 90 minutes, as well as issued a disorderly conduct charge which was dropped two weeks later. Upset, Tobey decided to sue the TSA for $250,000 for his “wrongful detention.”
The case has now been sent to trial, and it looks like the judge is on Tobey’s side. Said Judge Roger Gregory, “Here, Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution – he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections…And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation by opining that those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”