Woman Forced to Remove Nipple Rings to Board Plane

Mandi Hamlin, right, who claims a Transportation Security Administration agent forced her to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane demonstrates what she was asked to do by the TSA during a news conference, March 27, 2008, in Los Angeles, as her attorney Gloria Allred looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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Los Angeles (AP) A Texas woman wants an apology from security agents and a civil rights investigation because she says she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board an airplane in Lubbock.

Mandi Hamlin says she had trouble removing one of her piercings and had to ask for pliers. She says male security agents snickered as she took out the ring. After what she calls a “nightmare” experience, she says she was scanned again and allowed to board
even though she still was wearing a belly button ring.

Hamlin's lawyer says legal action is possible if the transportation security administration doesn't apologize for the humiliation and pain her client endured.

TSA officials say they're investigating.