Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s airport body scanners are not going over well with the general public. Last January a flash-mob (flesh-mob) staged a nude protest at the Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany over airport body scanners. Its getting traction again because of the outrage over the increasing intrusion into personal privacy by the TSA. Read more about it and see a video of the protest below.
The new and much hated airport body scans give a whole new meaning to Big Brother is watching. Or in this case its Big Sis, Janet Napolitano. The efforts at ensuring the world is safe from law-abiding citizens has come to this. You have to basically get naked to fly an airplane now days. If you refuse, you have to let some security person with plastic gloves on grope your private parts to be sure you aren’t hiding a bottle of water or inkjet cartridge up in there somewhere.
If you don’t cooperate with one or the other of these methods of humiliating everyone who boards an airplane, then you don’t fly. In the immortal words of a very recent would-have-been-flier-if-he-had-just-been-more-cooperative, ‘Don’t touch my junk’.
The concern is not just being naked, but the radiation that is emitted from the machines, especially for frequent fliers. The Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) uses high frequency radio waves to produce images of potential passengers naked bodies. These machines are being installed in airports worldwide that are associated with the TSA and are coming under heavy public disdain and criticism.
Semi-naked activists from the Pirate Party in Germany staged a ‘fleshmob’ protest at the Berlin-Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany earlier. They were protesting the body scanners, or as they are called there ‘Nacktscanners’.
As we all know, protesters seem to love to get naked for their protests. This is one case in which protesting in the nude seems to fit the occasion.
The German protesters showed up at the airport and began stripping. They had comments written on their bodies such as, ‘Be a good citizen, drop your pants’ and their body parts pointed out with arrows. I suppose that’s was just to help the screeners identify what they are looking at. One woman wore a size ‘pixelated’. The video was taken in January, but is certainly relevant today.
The video below is of the nude protest in Germany over airport body scanners. It may be slightly NSFW.