It was Jeff Jarvis who first suggested flying nude as a security measure in the wake of 9/11. The suggestion may or may not have been tongue-in-cheek; little did he know that the TSA was going to inspect people’s naughty bits on a regular basis.
There is, however, another argument in favor of boarding in the buff:
Toilets in jumbos are so small that anyone larger than a jockey needs the skills of a contortionist to unzip, unbuckle, unbutton and remove clothing.
It takes a six-point turn just to wash your hands — if you can work out how to use the taps — and then you’ve got to do it all in reverse. All while worrying about the queue forming outside the door.
How many people would actually go for such a thing? Not many, I suspect, though the number is certainly nonzero:
In an entirely unscientific survey conducted by Trip Advisor, nearly four in five of the 22,091 respondents said they were willing to get their gear off when high in the sky, if it meant that other people on the flight would also be under-dressed.
The upsides include reduced plane weight, no-fuss body scans and plenty of good visual amusement when your flight is delayed.
There is, of course, a downside:
[Y]ou’d want to hope there’s no turbulence while the hostie is waving a pot of piping hot coffee above your jewels.
Even now, readers are wondering what the hell airline is it that actually serves hot coffee these days.
(Via this nudiarist tweet.)