Airport Security Plays With Pliers

Back in 2004, Nicole Richie caused alarm when her nipple piercings set off airport security. While the reality show star got to go after she flashed TSA (Transportation Security Authority) officers, when you’re some nobody from Texas, they bring you a pair of pliers to fix the problem. On February 24th, Mandi Hamlin, 37, was asked to remove her nipple rings after they made the metal detector beep in Lubbock, Texas. Ms. Hamlin offered to show her body jewelry to TSA officers, but they told her that her only option was to take them out if she wanted to board her flight. At the time, she complied, crying from the pain of having to remove the rings with pliers since the skin had grown around them. But now Ms. Hamlin is asking for a public apology. She’s brought out famed feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, to stop this from happening to other travelers. “The last time that I checked a nipple was not a dangerous weapon,” Allred said. [CBS]