TSA's Blogger Takes On Scanner Underwear

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a warning for air travelers looking at purchasing underwear designed to hide passengers' private parts when they go through full body scanners at airport security.

Blogger Bob, the TSA's official blogger, writes that if you wear the underwear during an airport full body scan you will likely have to undergo a search by hand.

"If there is something shielding an area and we don't know what's under it, we have to conduct a pat-down," Blogger Bob writes. "So basically, passengers should be aware that the use of these types of products will likely result in a pat-down."

Blogger Bob adds, "Some might think this is TSA's way of getting back at clever passengers. That's not the case at all. It's just security."

But Marc Carey, owner of ScannerShirts.com, tells AOL Travel News the TSA may want to think twice about the message it's sending in its blog.

Carey, a Kentucky attorney who launched a family-friendly body scanner-blocking underwear line last month, says the traveling public has a right to protect their modesty, and privates.

"I would be surprised if the TSA means our product. We have done this in a respectful way. We only block the most intimate private parts," Carey says. "If they are talking about my product, that's a real problem."

The TSA blog follows much publicity about Carey's line, which includes men's, women's and children's T-shirts and underwear printed with a silver paint designed to blur body scanner images in sensitive areas.

Carey says his 100% American-made line has proven so popular he's had trouble keeping up with demand. But there are also several other scanner underwear products on the market.

"If TSA is saying they are going to pat your most intimate private areas, it's inconsistent with the statements that they have made saying 'No, we don't,'" Carey says.

He opines such a move would be a "violation of civil rights" of air passengers, and likely result in lawsuits.

"I can't imagine a member of the Supreme Court saying in a published decision that in order to board an airplane you have to grant a government official permission to grope your genitals," Carey says.

"The TSA can not be talking about our products (in the blog), Carey adds. "I consider this an endorsement."

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