TSA Agents Snicker While Forcing Woman To Remove Nipple-Ring

United States
March 28, 2008 12:18pm CST
A Texas woman was forced to remove one of her nipple rings with a pair of pliers because TSA agents said she couldn't board the flight with nipple rings. The nipple rings were detected with a hand scanner. * She managed to remove one ring, but needed pliers for the other. * At a news conference, the woman, Mandi Hamlin said, "I wouldn't wish this experience upon anyone - My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way." * "Still crying, she informed the TSA officer that she could not remove it without the help of pliers, and the officer gave a pair to her". Her attorney said "Male agents were heard snickering."
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
28 Mar 08
That's ridiculous! You know they were just copping a peek. Sheez.
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• United States
28 Mar 08
They missed the belly ring! http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=4540797
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
28 Mar 08
What about people who have genital piercings (guys and gals)? It's pure idiocracy.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
The determination that it isn't a weapon (small weapon, explosive) is sufficient to pass I think). Aren't there X-Rays or something? Sheesh!
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• United States
29 Mar 08
I think that is absolutely ridiculous. I'm not a big advocate of law suits but I would be suing the airlines for what they did. What the heck, is she going to stab someone with a nipple ring?? That is retarded. I would have not flown with them and I would have contacted a lawyer. I dont even know what else to say. I would not put up with that treatment.
• United States
29 Mar 08
It is leading to a change in policy, because of the publicity this flap is getting. A simple showing to a female officer; this is a harmless object under my bra, not a razor to cut a throat with (which has been hidden in bras before) will now be considered sufficient I believe.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
24 May 08
First off I'd have to wonder what threat nipple rings pose to an airlines...the second, would be why if she was given such a hard time she didn't just cancel her flight and go on another. Obviously the giggling agents are immature and childish. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• United States
25 May 08
Add to your wondering the fact that a tummy piercing was allowed to go with little more than a glance. She probably had to be somewhere and thus didn't really have the choice. We don't know the what, where to, or why fly.
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• Canada
29 Mar 08
OK. On the one hand, I wouldn't wear nipple rings on a plane, but that's just mean. On the other hand, security has gotten crazy. I think it's pathetic that these men were SNICKERING at her. They need to be fired.
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• United States
29 Mar 08
Nipple rings and certain other piercings aren't that easy to remove. What is worse is a hip implant. * You are quite right, snickers are quite unprofessional and those who did so should be sacked ASAP! * At very minimum, they should go to sensitivity training. America's got a bad enough reputation for stupid, ignorant behavior as it is!
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