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updated 1/7/2011 6:17:33 PM ET 2011-01-07T23:17:33

If you're a bashful traveler who doesn't want airport security workers peering through your unmentionables during a full-body scan, you might think twice before buying that pair of undies that promises to shield your nether regions.

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"Passengers should be aware that the use of these types of products will likely result in a pat-down," said a post by "Blogger Bob" on the Transportation Security Administration's blog.

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"Some might think this is TSA's way of getting back at clever passengers," the blog post continued. "That's not the case at all. It's just security."

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Mark Carey, owner of Scanner Shirts, said his company makes clothes that blur out body parts during full-body scans at airport security.

"This is what I considered to be a reasonable compromise between the scanners and the pat-downs that let the TSA do their jobs but still preserve peoples' individual dignity," he said.

According to the company's website, the "garments have been imprinted with a special ink which tests have shown will create an opaque blur to help keep the details of your private body parts, private."

So, is it worth the $14.99 for a woman's T-shirt or briefs, or the $15.99 for a children's T-shirt or pair of men's boxer briefs?

"We're certainly not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't buy or wear," Blogger Bob warned, "but I feel it's only fair to give you a heads up on your choice of attire."

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