I’ve only ever had an ear piercing and I was never asked to take it off before I could board a plane. I can’t imagine how painful this was – but I cringed when I read it:
A Texas woman who said she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane called Thursday for an apology by federal security agents and a civil rights investigation. […]
“After nipple rings are inserted, the skin can often heal around the piercing, and the rings can be extremely difficult and painful to remove,” Allred said in the letter.
TSA officials said they are investigating whether the agency’s policies were followed.
“Our security officers are well-trained to screen individuals with body piercings in sensitive areas with dignity and respect while ensuring a high level of security,” the agency said in a statement.
What I do know is that I fly quite frequently. I don’t consider the majority of TSA screeners to be well-trained or respectful. Sorry if any of you work for the TSA, but I consider many of them to be fat, lazy benefactors of one of the most useless “feel good” bureaucracies ever created. When I hear stories like this, it just confirms it for me.
P.S.: My friend Andrew has to book every flight using the name “Drew.” Someone who has the same name is on the terror watch list. If he books using the name Andrew, it takes him forever to get through security.