Anti-Scan Underwear: A Guaranteed Pat-down, Yes?

Gawker reports:  Special Underwear Makes Your Privates Invisible to TSA Scanners.

Kudos to the American entrepreneurial spirit and all, but aside from the question of whether these things would really work, wouldn’t they guarantee an aggressive pat-down?   Given that the entire reason for these procedures is the notion that one underwear bomber will beget other underwear bombers one would think that suspicious underwear = a potential threat and therefore even more TSA-approved interest in one’s junk, yes?

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  1. The underwear bomber was almost a year ago.  The reason for the molestation gropings is to gross us into accepting the naked scanners.

  2. Yes, but (at least in terms of government officials) is that the scanners in question would catch people like the underwear bomber.

  3. Franklin says:

    Can’t I get a pair that shows a gigantic middle finger?

  4. Franklin says:

    (and no, that wasn’t meant to be a euphemism)

  5. Tano says:

    Can’t I get a pair that shows a gigantic middle finger?

    Couldn’t you accomplish that effect by simply wearing regular undies?

  6. sam says:

    Perhaps the thing to do is to cut out the word “Boo” in aluminum foil and glue to the outside of your tighty whities. (However, if the scan generates heat in metal…)

  7. Vast Variety says:

    Personally, I like what one person suggested…. Wear a Kilt and do it in a traditional fashion.