TSA Changes Rules on Nipple Rings

Airport security will settle for 'visual inspection,' not removal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 6:23 AM CDT
TSA Changes Rules on Nipple Rings
A cameraman takes a close up shot of a nipple ring inserted on a mannequin during a news conference Thursday, March 27, 2008, conducted by attorney Gloria Allred and her client Mandi Hamlin, in Los Angeles. Hamlin claims a Transportation Security Administration agent forced her to remove a nipple ring...   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – Airport security guards who forced a woman to remove her nipple rings with pliers were following procedures, according to the TSA—but they agree it's time for some new procedures, CNN reports. Pierced passengers pulled over for inspection will in future be told they have the option of showing the piercing to a guard instead of removing it.

The Texas woman says she was humiliated after being made to remove the rings while male guards snickered in the background and has demanded an apology. "The conduct of TSA was cruel and unnecessary," her lawyer said. "Last time that I checked, a nipple was not a dangerous weapon." The TSA plans to train security officers with simulated "bra bombs." (Read more privacy stories.)

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