Shipping crews are using Britney Spears' music to scare away pirates off the coast of Africa. Security teams accompanying supertankers in the region blast out tracks including "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops! I Did It Again" from huge on-deck speakers when they see Somali raiders approaching.
The tactic is used when suspected pirates ignore initial instructions to move away from cargo ships. British Merchant Navy officer Rachel Owens, who guides ships through the dangerous seas, tells Metro, "As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can. Her songs were chosen by security accompanying tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most."
"These guys can't stand western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect," Owens explained. "It's so effective the ship's security rarely needs to resort to firing guns."