Nudists Fully Support Peeping Airport Scanners

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I sort of expected the nudist community to be a bunch of hardline civil libertarians or something, but that doesn't change how wonderful this story is: Nudists? Totally OK with the TSA's new, aggressively denuding security scanners.


The American Association for Nude Recreation defuses the situation with one of the most masterful PR segues in the history of man:

Put this issue in its proper perspective," recommends AANR Executive Director Erich Schuttauf. A trained security professional in a remote monitoring station takes a few seconds discreetly screening passengers to be sure they're only bringing what nature gave them aboard. In exchange for safer skies, AANR believes it's completely worth it. But you don't have to be a nudist to agree these measures are based on common sense."

Adds Schuttauf, "Polls regularly show that about one in five North Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company already. So if travelers just think of the screen as a virtual skinny dip, something regarded as American as apple pie since before Norman Rockwell, everyone wins in the name of better air travel security. And as an added bonus, you can add the experience to your ‘bucket list' as a virtual dipping of one's toe into taking a Nakation – that's a nudist vacation!

I'm sold! My heart, to the nudist cause; my basic privacy, to the government of the United States, for basically nothing. [Neatorama]



I may be alone here, but I suspect as they add more complicated, expensive and "necessary" anti-terror measures, we're moving closer to the whole system backfiring when terrorists realize they don't need to blow up a whole plane, they just need to stop one cog in a giant mechanism to ground all planes.

For the example at hand, let's say that something goes wrong and this turns into a huge privacy violation. Maybe someone hacks the system and CC's the scans to a webpage. Is that more likely to happen than a bomb on a plane? If it does happen, and they have to take the system offline until closing the security leak, what happens to travelers?

The level of privacy concern makes me think this scanner is more trouble than it's trying to solve.