We know that Britney Spears’ music might not be to everyone’s taste, but using it to frighten off Somali pirates? That’s a new one, and it’s being used effectively to boot. And here Las Vegas is paying her millions to come and sing there. Maybe they just want to keep it a pirate-free zone.
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Reports the Mirror —
Rachel Owens, 34, a merchant navy officer on huge super tankers off the east coast of Africa says the music is a really effective way of deterring the pirates and their high-speed skiffs.
Second Officer Rachel from Aberfoyle in Scotland said: “Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most.
“These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.”
They also say that “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! I Did It Again” are the most effective in turning back the pirates.
“The speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew.
“They’re so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns – as soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can.”
The music is currently used as a second line of defence and is broadcast when initial calls from armed security guards on board fail to deter the pirates.
“Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music, even using earplugs.”
Quote of the article though goes to Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, who said, ““I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.”
Agreed, but I might may one suggestion to these pirate-fighters. Instead of using “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! I Did It Again” just play this live microphone feed of Britney actually singing.
Then again, there is that whole Geneva Convention thing to consider so that might not work.
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Britney Spears music blasted out by merchant navy to SCARE off Somali pirates [Mirror]