Full body x-rays and pat-downs are being used at some airports in the USA by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) after it was alleged that a passenger from Nigeria unsucessfully tried to detonate an explosive device in his underpants midair. We can understand the safety reasons for this, but such personally invasive behaviour is not without its backlashes.
In one story from the USA a Colorado man has been reported to have designed briefs and bras with strategically-placed patches of x-ray repelling fabric. The man, Jeff Buske, an electrical engineer is concerned about being blitzed by unwanted radiation and says his sales have gone through the roof.
On the other side of the fence those responsible for patting down and x-raying are also objecting. A report in one of the online travel magazines says that security staff employed by the TSA are rebelling at having to pat and prod smelly and overweight passengers. The report quotes an employee as saying…“It is not comfortable to come to work knowing full well that my hands will be feeling another man’s private parts, their butt, their inner thigh…Even worse is having to try and feel inside the flab rolls of obese passengers – and we seem to get a lot of obese passengers!”