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Man Reportedly Strips Naked to Protest Overbooked Flight at Charlotte Airport

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | May 21, 2015

Man Reportedly Strips Naked to Protest Overbooked Flight at Charlotte Airport

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Breaking out your birthday suit in pubic is a surefire way to get attention. Unfortunately, naked people aren't always taken seriously, especially in the middle of a busy airport. One would-be passenger in North Carolina learned that the hard way this week. 

Police were called to Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Wednesday morning after a man reportedly stripped naked shortly after attempting to board a US Airways flight to Jamaica.

According to Chris Dyches of WBTV, the man was angry about the flight being overbooked, and when yelling didn't work, decided to remove his clothes in frustration.

Witnesses said the man, who will not face charges for the incident, stood naked in the concourse area for more than a half an hour before being escorted away.

"More people started getting back because that's when security started surrounding him, waiting for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police to come in," witness Sherry Ketchie told WBTV. "I was not expecting to see nothing like that, I've never seen nothing like that at Charlotte Douglas airport. Never."

WBTV News on Twitter posted several photos captured by witnesses at the scene:

Traveler Mike Osborne called the situation "embarrassing," according to

"That guy should think about what's going on, who's around him and seriously get some psychological evaluation, or help," he added.

Both the airline and airport directed questions to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, who confirmed that officers responded to a "disturbance call where a male was suffering from a medical issue."

Police said the man was taken by a medic for treatment.

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