( 4UMF NEWS ) Naked Man Strolls Through Nashville Airport:
A buck naked man had no plans to board a flight at the Nashville International Airport, authorities said.
The nude man ditched his clothes in a nearby parking lot before making his way inside the Tennessee airport at around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, when travelers near the baggage claim spied his antics.
“I turned my head and I saw some creamy white thighs and ankles,” witness Tod Brilliant told the Daily News. “And I said, ‘That’s a naked man.’ ”
The man, later identified as Eric Brian Cherry, was walking ‘nonchalantly’ toward the airport’s express lane.
Brilliant said he tapped the man on the shoulder and complimented him for his bold strut, which he initially interpreted as an anti-TSA protest.
“I said, ‘You are amazing,’ ” Brilliant added. “He turned his head to me and said ‘Thanks.’ ”
His stunt went on for two minutes before security confronted Cherry, slapping the suspect with a public indecency charge. His clothes were returned and he was booked into a Nashville jail.
“Wasn’t anything malicious,” airport spokeswoman Shannon Sumrall said. “Just a harmless gentleman.”
Sumrall revealed that Cherry has a history of mental health issues, having tried to enter the airport sans clothes in the past.
“He’s never made it in the terminal before,” Sumrall added. “Most of the time he’s walking around in the parking lot.”
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