By Katherine Mangu-Ward
Tech blog Gizmodo reports on the nudist response to new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) scanners, which show both the T and A of travellers who pass through them:
I sort of expected the nudist community to be a bunch of hardline civil libertarians or something, but that doesn't change how wonderful this story is: Nudists? Totally OK with the TSA's new, aggressively denuding security scanners.
From the statement of the American Association for Nude Recreation, which opts for security over privacy—and perhaps deserves neither:
“Put this issue in its proper perspective,” recommends AANR Executive Director Erich Schuttauf. “A trained security professional in a remote monitoring station takes a few seconds discreetly screening passengers to be sure they’re only bringing what nature gave them aboard. In exchange for safer skies, AANR believes it’s completely worth it. But you don’t have to be a nudist to agree these measures are based on common sense.”
Adds Schuttauf, “Polls regularly show that about one in five North Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company already. So if travelers just think of the screen as a virtual skinny dip, something regarded as American as apple pie since before Norman Rockwell, everyone wins in the name of better air travel security."
I, too, expected a nudist/libertarian confluence. Perhaps, like the People's Front of Judea vs. the Judean People's Front, there are other, more libertarian nudist groups out there. I assume at least some of Reason's commenters are nudists, so that's probably the best place to start looking. Anyone?