Thursday, December 9, 2010

Protest TSA X-ray scanners with metallic-ink printed clothes

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:30 AM


Do you hate those intrusive X-ray scanners at the airport? It's a matter of principle, you grumble to yourself, as you walk through those machines, violating your privacy and analyzing your goodies in the name of airport safety.

Well, before your next trip, you may want to invest in some underclothes from 4th Amendment Wear. The T-shirts and underwear they have available sport the text to the 4th Amendment — which is legible in the x-ray machine.

So how does it work? From the folks behind 4th Amendment Wear:

We found metallic type that could, in theory, show up on TSA scanners that would display the 4th amendment. The clothes are designed as a silent protest against the new reality of being searched to the point where we’re basically naked. We don't intend for this to be anything more than a thought-provoking way to fuel the debate about safety vs. civil liberties. If we sell a few items, great. But the main intention is to open more dialogue. It's more of a conceptual piece than anything else.

In case you've forgotten all that you learned in that U.S. government class so long ago, the 4th Amendment reads:

"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."

They also have underclothes available with the phrase: "Read the 4th Amendement perverts."

Visit their website at

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