Protest TSA with 4th Amendment underwear
New skivvies deliver a gripe to TSA screeners monitoring advanced equipment at airport security gates, but how much of a statement can they really make?
Last week, I had the privilege of telling you aboutfeaturing allegedly TSA scanner-proof radiation shields designed to cover your naughty bits. The privacy-protecting garb is one way to protest the airport body scanners that many people find to be invasive and in violation of Fourth Amendment rights.
We've asked the Transportation Security Administration how the undies will fly in the security line and haven't yet heard back whether the leaf-shaped blockers will single you out for a hands-on search, which could be even worse.
So if you want to let the TSA agent know you're not happy about mandatory virtual strip searches, check out this new line of T-shirts, skivvies, and socks from artist Mike McQuade called 4th Amendment Wear.
It's a series of underwear with either the phrase "Read the 4th Amendment, perverts" or the text of the Fourth Amendment printed in magnetic ink, so it can be read by the people manning the scan machines. I like this passive-aggressive way of letting a stranger know you don't like them seeing you naked.
T-shirts go for $45, a bra and panties set is $30, and boxers are $24, though not everything is currently available. Nonmetallic-ink versions are available for a little less but aren't nearly as cool.
For those wondering, the Fourth reads thusly:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
We could get into exactly what that means in relation to the TSA scanning machines, but there have already been enough pixels about that. So for now, I'll just note that the existence of these undergarments means that my plan to get the Fourth Amendment tattooed on my chest is now unnecessary.