Nudity as anti-theft


From Schneier on Security (thanks also to Sunstein’s nudge blog):

Nepal’s anti-corruption authority has come up with a novel solution to rampant bribe-taking at the country’s only international airport — the pocketless trouser. The authority said it was issuing the new, bribe-proof garment to all airport officials after uncovering widespread corruption at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

To briefly validate the title of this post, does anyone remember the scenes in American Ganster with the nude women who were processing the heroin? They were naked to prevent them from stealing any of the product, and so, in a more extreme way, they demonstrate the effectiveness of having no pockets.

Also, think of the opposite extreme. What are shopping baskets other than really large pockets? There are many studies showing that people buy more when they have shopping baskets readily on hand and maybe people take more bribes when they have pockets on hand as well…

However, there’s always mail, and since most bribery situations are probably repeat games between the official and the briber Nepal’s move here doesn’t seem to be a silver bullet.


2 Responses to “Nudity as anti-theft”

  1. 1 chris
    July 27, 2009 at 5:05 am

    not so fast jordan: one of the most absurd things about Nepal is that THERE ARE NO ADDRESSES!!! so the mail idea might not work that well.

  2. 2 mengster
    July 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    also, i’m not sure the opposite extreme is really shopping baskets. What are 400,000-ton supertankers other than really really large pockets?

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