A woman in Texas has charged that Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport in Lubbock, TX caused her pain and humiliation when they forced her to remove her nipple rings before allowing her to board a flight.
Mandi Hamlin says she offered to show a female agent the jewelry that was setting off the metal detector, but her request was refused. She eventually had to resort to pliers to remove one of the rings and heard the officers snickering on the other side of the curtain as she struggled with it.
"My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure," Hamlin stated. "No one deserves to be treated this way."
Hamlin is now demanding an apology and a civil rights investigation. Prominent attorney Gloria Allred has taken on the case and says they will consider legal action if necessary. "The last time I checked, a nipple was not a dangerous weapon," Allred stated.
This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast March 27, 2008.