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Opening Panel Round


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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Simon, good news for travelers, thanks to a ruling last week, you are now free to do what when you're passing through airport security?

SIMON AMSTELL: Well, I just had to do that, and I still had to take off my shoes.


AMSTELL: And I lost both my mouthwash and my cleansing milk.

SAGAL: I'm sorry.

MO ROCCA: Cleansing milk?

SAGAL: Your what?


AMSTELL: My cleansing milk.

SAGAL: What is cleansing milk?

AMSTELL: Well, it's like a sort of face wash. The point is, let's get back to this quiz.

SAGAL: All right.


AMSTELL: Because we have to win points, right?

SAGAL: You do, absolutely.

ROCCA: Yes, absolutely.

SAGAL: It's the American way.

ROCCA: To stay in the country, you have to win points.


AMSTELL: OK. All right, so the question, what can you do?

SAGAL: Thanks to a court decision this week.


LIZ HOTTENSTEIN: We now have the freedom to do what when we go through TSA, without fear of prosecution?




SAGAL: Although, you should try that and see what happens.


SAGAL: Well, you said you take off your shoes, right? Why stop there?

ROCCA: Oh gosh.

AMSTELL: You can take off your socks if you want.



SAGAL: Keep going, Simon.

AMSTELL: You can take off your trousers.

SAGAL: Indeed, and?

AMSTELL: Well, your underwear.


AMSTELL: Well, why, what's going on here?


ROCCA: Is this a seduction?

AMSTELL: You can take off all your clothes if you want.

SAGAL: Yes, you can be naked.


AMSTELL: But what...


SAGAL: This is what happened. This is what happened. Back in April, a bearded Oregonian named John Brennan was trying to catch a flight out of the Portland airport. And he got so fed up with being checked and rechecked by TSA agents that he just pulled off all of his clothes, standing right there in the middle of the airport and yelled "see?"


SAGAL: He did this. And the nation did see, and the nation averted its eyes. Now, he was arrested for indecent exposure. But this week, he was acquitted because in Oregon, indecent exposure applies only when you take off your clothes in public, quote, "with the intent of arousing sexual desire."

ROCCA: Oh my gosh.


SAGAL: And one look at the photos of Brennan.


AMSTELL: So each state has a different set of laws in America.

SAGAL: That's how we do that.

AMSTELL: When you travel?


AMSTELL: Is there a booklet?


SAGAL: They give you when you get there? That would be a good idea. You would be wise to check before you take off your clothes at the airport.


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