Mar 28th 2008 By Tom Radler
A Texas woman has called for an investigation and an apology from Transportation Safety Administration officials after she was forced to painfully remove her nipple rings
before a flight from Lubbock to Dallas."I wouldn't wish this experience upon anyone," said Mandi Hamlin. "My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way."
Not content to simply be shown the embedded jewelry (the skin around nipple rings often heals around the piercing, making them extremely difficult and painful to remove), TSA officials reportedly made Hamlin remove the two pieces of jewelry with a pair of pliers. At a news conference, Hamlin used a peach-colored bra to demonstrate how the jewelry was removed.
The TSA claims it did no wrong, saying its agents followed procedure, but Hamlin claims she wasn't offered a "pat-down" search, which is listed as an option in the TSA guidelines.Questions raised:
Were the feds being too rough? Can a nipple ring be used as a weapon?