We've all experienced the massive inconvenience that is air travel today: full body scans, no liquids in your carryon bags, taking off your shoes, and the list goes on and on. Where has the sense of our fellow travelers' humanity gone? Or are we destined to one day shuffle naked into the airport before being vacuum wrapped in plastic in order to board a plane? Well, one artist has decided to inject a little humor into this dehumanizing security process: behold, X-Ray Art.
Created by Evan Roth, these X-Ray art pieces are metal plates with various messages etched into them. The idea is that as they pass through the X-ray scanners, your very own personal message will be visible to the security agent scanning your luggage for other, more dangerous metal objects. Like those tweezers I was carrying last August, which, I'm sure, were a real threat to our national security.
Evan has asked for suggestions on his personal blog for messages to be etched onto the metal plates; my favorite was “Support the troops!” Many commenters have suggested that you'd be foolish to put this art into practice on your next flight, unless you also plan on traveling with a civil rights lawyer. C'mon, airport security: can't you take a joke?