German Pirate Party Protests Invasive Airport Security Measures, Naked

The Local reports on an action by German Pirate Party activists, who took to a number of German airports over the weekend in their underwear to protest the potential implementation of airport scanners that “see” under ones clothes:

Scantily clad Pirate Party supporters demonstrated over the weekend at several German airports to show their opposition to controversial “naked” scanners planned for security checks.

Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the protesters assembled nearly naked groups at airports in Berlin, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf on Sunday afternoon. The participants stripped down to their underpants, marching behinds signs that read: “No need to scan us – we’re already naked.”

A statement on the party’s website said they opposed the new security scanners because they threaten the “private sphere and the personal rights of passengers.”

Germany’s data protection commissioner, Peter Schaar, warned officials last week not to rush the implementation of the full-body scanners at airport security stations following a failed terrorist attack in the US last month.

2 thoughts on “German Pirate Party Protests Invasive Airport Security Measures, Naked

  1. Nate

    “The Local” obviously used a poor translation of “Privatsphäre,” which means simply “privacy.”

    What the hell is a private sphere? Is that like the childish “I’m taking my ball and going home”?

  2. Mik Robertson

    I think the “private sphere” is related to the “Dome of Silence” often used by CONTROL Agent 86 and the Chief when they wanted to keep discussions secret.

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