Perhaps revealing a latent fear among some men about the potential capabilities of the full-body scanners headed to airports across the US, Democratic strategist James Carville told a radio show Friday that the devices can "measure my penis."
Asked on the Tony Kornheiser Show if he opposed the idea of full-body scanners, Carville said no, but suggested that the government create a "safe flier" program that would pre-screen passengers.
"Let me buy a safe flier pass ... so that they can scan me and and search me and measure my penis, then let me get on the plane," Carville told the Washington, DC-based sports radio program.
The Hill, which first reported on Carville's unusual description of how full-body scanners work, noted that "fortunately for travelers, and, one suspects, for TSA agents, the scanners are designed to measure things like radiation and explosive levels -- not private parts."
"It's not clear if Carville has discussed his plans with TSA officials or what, if any, value the length of his ragin' cajun' has to national security," Evan McMorris-Santoro wrote at TalkingPointsMemo.
Click here to download an audio file of Carville's interview. (Note: It's a large file.)