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Man Casually Explores Nashville Airport Naked

naked man standing in the Nashville International AirportIf you’ve been to an airport, any airport, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of people wear suits. We might deduce that many such persons are traveling for business. That is the fashion statement made by people who wear business clothes to the airport.

There are others, you might have noticed, who wear casual attire when traveling by plane. We might deduce that these people seem to value comfort and are not restricted by a business-related dress code. That is the fashion statement made by people who wear casual clothes to the airport.

What you might NOT have noticed, no matter how much time you spend flying on planes, are people wearing birthday suits. That is, people wearing nothing. Naked people. And I’ll make an assumption here: we might deduce that naked people at the airport are not where they’re supposed to be. Because that is the fashion statement made by naked people when they mingle with clothed people, in public.

Having said all of this, understand that I can probably picture the expression your faces made when you read the title of this article. Yes — amidst the suits, the sweatpants, the dresses, the sweater-vests, and various other articles of clothing people were wearing at the Nashville International Airport on Sunday, there was one man who stood out. It was the naked man.

Where Does He Keep His Passport?

This mysterious fellow was certainly ready for light-traveling, because nudity is about as “light” as it gets. More likely is that he wasn’t ready to travel at all, or at least not expecting to, and this is probably the most reasonable part about his day at the Nashville Airport.

He arrived at approximately 5:30 p.m. After parking in the nearest parking garage, he promptly unburdened himself, leaving behind whatever he wears when he uses clothes, and proceeded into the airport itself.

What did he do when he got inside? Well, what do you do when you go to the airport? He got in line.

One witness, Tod Brilliant, described the spectacle in poetic words truly befitting of his last name:

“I turned my head and I saw some creamy white thighs and ankles. And I said, ‘That’s a naked man’.”

Indeed it was.

There wasn’t much time to take it all in. Police officers arrived as fast as you’d expect and escorted the naked man from the terminal. The fun was over as soon as it started.

However, it should be noted that this isn’t the first time our naked friend has made an appearance at this particular venue. Shannon Sumrall, spokeswoman for the Nashville International Airport, told reporters about a “handful” of similar incidents. Airport officials added that mental illness likely has something to do with the repeated offenses.

“Wasn’t anything malicious,” Sumrall concluded. “Just a harmless gentleman.”

Harmless or not, let’s give credit where credit’s due. The man managed to break his record! Apparently, however many times he’d casually streaked through the airport prior to Sunday, our naked friend made it further into the terminal than he’d ever been before. And for a guy who seems, altogether, pretty friggin desperate for acknowledgement, I think that’s worth a clap or two. Definitely not applause — just a few crumbs of recognition.

Public Indecency: The Elephant in the Airport

Personal achievements aside, this guy is still a criminal. A low-tier criminal, sure, but a criminal nonetheless.

There are a lot of laws out there. One of them explicitly forbids anybody from “appearing in a state of nudity” in a public place. In Tennessee, this is called the law of “public indecency,” also called “indecent exposure.” As far as places go, an airport is insanely public. Which means that walking around naked there breaks the aforementioned law.

Sure, this situation is funny. It is. But something very not-funny about it is the fact that it makes our naked friend a sex offender. More than that, it means he was already a sex offender. Now he’s a repeat sex offender. Public indecency is a sexual offense under Tennessee criminal law — go figure! So before anybody tries to break this guy’s impressive airport-streaking record, the following question should be answered: “Would I enjoy having my name in the sex offender registry?”

If your answer to that question is “no,” then your best bet is to restrain yourself. You can break as many airport-streaking records as you want inside your own, private imagination. Just make sure that’s the only place you break them.

Sexual Offenses Are No Joke

They really aren’t. These crimes are sticky. They stay on your record. And good luck having an equal shot at opportunities — across the board — with a blemish like that attached to your name. A sex offender and a person who isn’t a sex offender apply for a job at the same place… who gets hired?

This boils down to one simple fact: public indecency, and all other sexual offenses, are to be taken as seriously as a heart attack. Because they can be just as fatal. If you’re accused of a crime like this, there’s no excuse for not seeking legal representation.

At Turner Law Offices, P.C., our team of attorneys has years of experience working with clients across a wide range of criminal cases. Whether you’re the victim of a sex offense or you’re wrongly accused, we know the most efficient means of pursuing a satisfactory resolution under any circumstance. Call today, or go online to set up your free initial consultation, and meet with a skilled lawyer who’s ready and waiting to get you on track toward the justice you deserve.

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