Airport Scanner Blocking Underwear A Hit
Marc Carey of Erlanger, Ky., tells AOL Travel News he launched his business, ScannerShirts.com, last month in an effort to help the traveling public, particularly families, protect their modesty as they go through the airport security machines.
"It looked to me as through there was substantial concern by the traveling public being expressed and it seemed to me there had to be some way to compromise between the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) wanting to keep travel secure and our privacy rights," Carey says.
He says of particular concern to him were reports of body scans and intrusive pat downs being done on traveling kids.
"With TSA's enhanced pat down they are touching children in a way that if they were a teacher or a counselor they'd be in jail," Carey says. "And the digital images of kids are also a concern. In some ways they can be construed as child porn."
Carey's underwear line for men, women and children features strategically placed patriotic emblems made of a special silver-colored ink that he says blurs images of private parts as people go through airport scanners.
He says the T-shirts and underpants were tested on a scanner machine -- used in another industry but the same as those found at airports.
The TSA has indicated it has no problem with the product, he adds.
The line includes women's T-shirts -- with stars to cover the breasts -- and bikini underwear, both printed with the U.S. seal and the words "All Rights Reserved." There are boxers for men that say "USA" and have a star pattern to block privates. And for kids, long t-shirts cover genitalia with a happy face symbol.
Unlike other similar products on the market, Carey says his line is 100% American-made.
He says in starting his company, he was looking to address an issue that concerns many people.
"I think our design is respectful," he says. "The privacy concerns I have are also being expressed by others. I am a lawyer and ordinary citizen who looked at a problem and I am trying to find a reasonable solution."
He adds the response to the product, has been "absolutely overwhelming."
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