It seems the TSA thinks terrorists wear nipple rings. That’s the only reason I can see for the following news item about a woman being forced by the TSA to remove her nipple rings before she could board her flight:
Hamlin said she was trying to board a flight from Lubbock to Dallas on Feb. 24 when she was scanned by a Transportation Security Administration agent after passing through a larger metal detector without problems.
The female TSA agent used a handheld detector that beeped when it passed in front of Hamlin’s chest, the Dallas-area resident said.
Hamlin said she told the woman that she was wearing nipple piercings. The female agent then called over her male colleagues, one of whom said she would have to remove the body piercings, Hamlin claimed.
Hamlin said she could not remove them and asked if she could instead display her pierced breasts in private to the female agent. But several other male officers told her she could not board her flight until the jewelry was removed, she said.
She was taken behind a curtain and managed to remove one bar-shaped nipple piercing but had trouble with the second, a ring.
“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,” said Hamlin’s attorney, Gloria Allred, reading from a letter she sent Thursday to the director of the TSA’s Office of Civil Rights and Liberties. Allred is a well-known Los Angeles lawyer who often represents high-profile claims.
There is apparently no level of ridiculousness that the TSA won’t stoop to in its ongoing efforts to keep terrorists from blowing up your plane using nipple rings. The best part, however, is this quote from a TSA official:
People routinely pass through security wearing wedding rings without problems and it might take a larger bit of metal to trigger an alarm, Baird said.
“I’d be really curious to know what this woman had in her nipples,” he said. “Sometimes they have a chain between their nipples, or a chain between their nipples and their belly button. It would have to be made of heavy metal to be detected.”
I imagine a lot of people would be curious to know what this woman had in her nipples. Apparently the TSA is very curious as it seems making folks remove piercings is a common practice. I’m particularly curious to find out why the TSA thinks this is some how important to airline security.
Scratch that. I’m curious to find out why the TSA doesn’t think they should be discarded like an old pair of hole filled underwear.