London: Can you think if underwear can protect passengers’ modesty when they walk through airport full-body scanners?

A T-shirt printer has actually turned this imagination into a reality, after he invented special paint coated underwear and vests for men and women.

Steve Braqdshaw (54), who is into printing profession from past 35 years claims that the coating, masks the body parts and still allows operators to see dangerous objects such as guns, knives and explosives.
 
He was inspired after being questioned by armed police and missing a flight when he refused to enter a 'naked scanner' at Manchester airport earlier this year.

”I have been for 35 years in screen printing and I know about inks and what they are made from. I ended up making a coating which is a printable plastic ink. It reflects back and scatters the X-rays and is printed in a pattern,” Bradshaw said.

“Small cut-outs in the design allow a large metal object or gun to show up the operator's screen. I believe it is a compromise because it diffuses the image, allowing dangerous items to be seen without showing graphic detail.”

Bradshaw is yet to test his underwear with a scanner but has written to the Department of Transport for approval.
 
An official replied that the government would not endorse his underwear but “This would not stop him from developing his design.”


(Agencies)