Monday, November 22, 2010
Inventor creates TSA-proof underwear to shield private parts from x-ray machines, prying eyes
While holiday travelers may not get through this week without a Transportation Security Administration agent touching their junk, a man in Colorado has a new invention he says will prevent anyone from looking at it.
Jeff Buske has created a special kind of underwear with strategically placed fig-leaf designs he says will shield TSA scanners from viewing fliers' private parts and keep travelers safe from radiation emitted from the notorious "backscatter" x-ray machines.
Buske, an engineer, said his briefs, bras and inserts, which he's marketing under the name Rocky Top Gear, use a special metal that protects people's privacy when undergoing medical or security screenings.
"The object is...to protect the public, educate people and ultimately see these X-ray machines put in the Dumpster," Buske told CBS4 Denver.
The undergarments come in designs featuring a pair of women's hands modestly clasped together and inserts shaped like shields and stop signs.
The gear is currently for sale online at some ominously cryptic prices.
A pair of fig-leaf themed tighty-whiteys is available for a "special" offer of $19.84, while a women's bra insert costs $9.11 and women's briefs costs $17.76.
While the gear won't protect fliers from a TSA frisking, Buske says his undies should achieve a happy medium between what travelers want to keep hidden and what security officials need to see.
"If someone is trying to hide something large under the thing, it's going to show up as a bulge, visible to the eye," Buske told CBS4.
The TSA had no comment about the underwear.