Unmentionables have unintended consequence

/ Source: msnbc.com news services

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.

"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.

"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."

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."