4th Amendment Underwear For When You’re Being Scanned By The TSA
4th Amendment Wear is a series of underwear made to bring out the violations made to people’s rights by the TSA every time they board an airplane. Seemingly inconspicuous, the practice of scanning people down to the literal bone is done in an effort to protect passengers onboard airplanes against highjackings and terror attacks. These undergarments, however, are printed with metallic ink and show the 4th Amendment, the very thing that is violated every time someone gets scanned.
In these times of uncertainty, the famed words of Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” ring truer than ever. We have to keep in mind that many dystopian scenarios are based on this phrase and how one’s liberties aren’t taken all at once, but rather, weaned off one at a time so as to make the transition as unperceivable as possible and with as little resistance as possible. Fast forward a decade or two and we’d end up in a sort of Orwellian nightmare, inconceivable 15 years before.
And, as it turns out, the 4th Amendment was among the first to go, with many people seeing it as a necessary sacrifice. But if this is the case, then, if things get bad enough, what isn’t a necessary sacrifice? What, after all, is the reason behind promoting these liberties to the rest of the world, if even we aren’t willing to uphold its values?
Basically, the 4th Amendment is part of the US Constitution, the ‘holiest’ of documents, which states “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, [that] shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” With the TSA scanning, these rights are gone.
What these undergarments do, given that they use metallic ink, is that they clearly show the 4th Amendment every time you pass through one such scanning machine.
‘The clothes are designed as a silent protest against the new reality of being searched to the point where we’re basically naked. We don’t intend for this to be anything more than a thought-provoking way to fuel the debate about safety vs. civil liberties. If we sell a few items, great. But the main intention is to open more dialogue. It’s more of a conceptual piece than anything else,’ the team sais that designed these clothes.