Bunch of government gawkseekers

You might think that someone who normally wears nothing but a smile wouldn’t object to the Transportation Security Administration’s tender ministrations at the airport.

Don’t be too sure:

They’re accustomed to baring it all, but even nudists think the stepped-up security measures being employed at many U.S. airports are overly invasive, the owner of Palm Springs’ largest nudist resort said Wednesday.

“It’s an invasion of privacy,” Michael Patrick Williams, general manager of the Desert Sun Resort, told City News Service. “Naturists aren’t really different from anyone else.”

It’s not like they get scanned during their leisure time, after all:

[Williams] noted that the Desert Sun Resort has strict conduct rules, including the ban of cell phones or other devices that might allow people to take photos or videos.

“We protect our guests’ privacy,” Williams said. ‚ÄúNaturists have as much right to privacy as anyone else.”

For some inscrutable reason, the American Association for Nude Recreation has taken the opposite tack:

The group suggests travelers think of the body scanning as a virtual skinny dip.

“Polls regularly show that about one in five North Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company already,” [AANR Executive Director Erich] Schuttauf said.

Yeah, but I’ll bet they didn’t skinny-dip (1) at the airport (2) in front of some character with a badge.

(Via The Political Naturist.)

3 comments

  1. Tatyana »

    19 November 2010 · 8:05 am

    Does AAfNR understand the difference between “voluntary” and “enforced by German shepherds and promise of 11,000 fine”?

  2. CGHill »

    19 November 2010 · 8:12 am

    You couldn’t prove it by me. I was hoping that Susan Weaver, president of AANR, would dope-slap some sense into Schuttauf, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.

  3. fillyjonk »

    19 November 2010 · 8:16 am

    And two observations:

    That means 80% of us have NOT skinny dipped in mixed company (or at all).

    Also, if you’re skinny dipping, don’t you kind of, you know, KNOW the people you’re doing it with? And you’re ALL naked – there’s no power relationship going on, whereas being groped by a TSA agent: they have the power, you have none, and if you complain, you’re kept from flying and may face more severe penalties.

    I think it’s the power thing that’s so offensive.

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