Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Pirate Party protests 'naked' scanners in their underpants

Share this article

Pirate Party protests 'naked' scanners in their underpants
Protesters at Berlin's Tegel airport. Photo: DPA
10:45 CET+01:00
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. Critics are concerned that the devices, which allow security personnel to see through clothing, have not been improved enough to protect passengers' personal rights.

Meanwhile Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said use of the scanners would be fast-tracked for introduction within the year.

The German Pirate Party was inspired by the Swedish Piratpartiet and founded in 2006. In the September 2009 federal election they garnered two percent of the vote.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

10 things you should never do in Germany

Every country has its own unique cultural dos and don'ts. You won't get a round of applause for remembering the dos, but you can get into seriously hot water for forgetting the don'ts. To help you out, here's The Local's guide to 10 things you should never do in Germany.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement