Airport Scanner Blocking Underwear A Hit

Posted Jan 5th 2011 12:08 AMUpdated Jan 5th 2011 05:24 PM


A Kentucky attorney says his airport underwear line – designed to block private parts when air passengers go through full body scanners at security – has been such a hit he's having trouble keeping up with demand.

Marc Carey of Erlanger, Ky., tells AOL Travel News he launched his business,, 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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That's pretty cool stuff... Alot of those security people at the airport are pervs and look like convicts, so I don't want them seeing naked pics of me...

July 20 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought of this idea just the other day and the people i work with laughed at me. I am deployed to Afghanistan and born is raised in Kentucky as the person who sells the product. I believe it is a great idea and we Kentuckians come up with some pretty good stuff.

January 13 2011 at 6:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who thinks that the TSA makes us safer is ignorant. Checked baggage isn't screened but the TSA is groping preteen children.

We have a higher chance of the plane crashing because of a mechanical failure than by a terrorist act yet they treat us all like criminals to board a plane.

January 12 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about those who are affraid of torrists take the bus or other land travel and leave the more brave, to fly?

Just because you don't know the name of your window peeper doesn't make it less violating. When did it become politically incorrect to be modest? And why do I have to feel very happy that someone is looking at me nearly naked, knowing their face or not?

Last, I can't get through a scanner; I have breast prothesis. I get pulled out. But you should seen the last TSA face when I demanded fresh gloves. The gloves are to protect the TSA so why should I want want their being protected from on me. Especially since I have allergies and don't need someones dog or cat hair rubbed on me.

January 12 2011 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does everyone realize that this whole thing was put in place because the bomber FAILED?
They obviously were keeping us safe before! They haven't got on a plane with a bomb since 9/11!!! why are we beefing up security when our old security obviously was working????

January 12 2011 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if people are so worried about radiation why don't they freak about cell phones or microwaves..i'm sure the govt doesn't think up ways to feel us up for their enjoyment. despite what people may think terrorism is a real concern if you listen to the news. we shouldn't be combating our own freedoms by trying to restrict the efforts of a responsible govt that needs to protect its interests.
to each his own, but those that truly care about public safety would be willing to suffer it if it kept one more crazy out of the sky - and I thank God for the TSA, and other bodies that stop them in their tracks

January 07 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve Hopkins

What's really wrong is not that underemployed cop wannabes are leering at your junk. The backscatter scanners -- foisted on the TSA by Rapiscan lobbyist/former DHS secretary Michael Chertoff -- are dangerous and, according to a number of experts, can be easily thwarted by anyone with a slab of foam latex and a can of FX-grade putty. Even a large pancake can disguise a handgun.
Although such issues were intentionally not addressed for security reasons, the video posted below from After the Press ( has broken through the major media hyperbole barrier to answer the real questions about what’s wrong with these machines. Neither of the interviewees, two of the most reputable scientists in the field of radiation physics and technology, will step into one. So whether or not you’re offended by the prospect of becoming the subject of a live peepshow for blue-gloved agents, or care about your rights being abrogated, you’ll still want to be cognizant of the danger in subjecting your or your children's bodies to backscatter radiation.

January 07 2011 at 11:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Pinero

Wonder what TSA will do when, and I say again, When, not if, a plane is brought down via One of those portable missiles.

January 06 2011 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Betty Rose

One of the problems of not having people go through the scanner, is that an individual can go through the metal detector and have something plastic inside them.
If they are then chosen for a usual pat down, the pat down would not detect this either as the pat downs are not that untrusive unless they pull you into a private room and do a body cavity search. What about some substance that could be swallowed in a balloon, which combined with something carried on, could cause an explosion. It may sound crazy, but if someone really wants to get a job done, they will, especially with all the advice we give them over the internet. BRATE

January 06 2011 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you wear something that keeps the parts hidden you should be subject to a pat down. When I fly I want to know that no one is hidding anything !

If you don't like the scanners or pat downs, take drive yourself, take the train or boat.

I will give up some personal freedom to help ensure safety

January 06 2011 at 9:13 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Toni's comment

I think that you should be able to give up all of your freedom, liberty, property, children, pets, and anything that is OWNED BY YOU. However, you should not be able to force your maligned beliefs on other people. That is called tryanny.

When you comply with tyrants, you become complicit in their illicit, immoral, and unethical acts. You are as guilty as the usurper. If you assist in a kidnapping, you are a kidnapper. If you assist in a theft, you are a thief. If you take liberties and freedoms that belong to your fellow citizens, then you are guilty of tyranny.

So, how does it feel to be complicit?

July 29 2011 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply