TSA “regrets” the nipple ring situation

It’s been hard not to miss the nipple ring story these past two days. But for those of you that were paying attention to other things, a woman flying from Lubbock to Dallas this week was forced to remove her nipple ring with pliers before clearing security and being allowed to board the aircraft.

Although she offered to show her nipple rings to Transportation Security Administration officials, they wouldn’t back down. To make matters worse, not only was she handed a pair of pliers after she couldn’t remove the ring by herself, but she heard TSA officials snickering as she struggled — a little painfully — to pull the ring out. “My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way,” said Mandi Hamlin. I think most of us would probably agree with her.

In response to the whole incident, today the TSA blogging team wrote a post to remind everyone that their “questions and comments on the incident in Lubbock, Texas have not gone unnoticed.” The TSA blog does such a good job of responding to our needs.

Although Hamlin is pushing for a civil rights investigation, the TSA holds that “the security officers followed the procedures for when someone alarms the metal detector and did nothing wrong.” The security officers may have followed the correct procedures, but in an official statement the TSA made its best attempt at apologizing. “TSA acknowledges that our procedures caused difficulty for the passenger involved and regrets the situation in which she found herself. We appreciate her raising awareness on this issue and we are changing the procedures to ensure that this does not happen again.”