Behold the sheer idiocy that is the bureaucracy. Some poor woman taking the short flight from the dusty plains of Lubbock to the vapid refuge of Dallas was forced by Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) screeners to remove two nipple piercings with pliers before she was allowed to board.
W, w, w, what?
What possible security risk could piercings–no matter how ill-advisedly placed–pose to a domestic U.S. flight? The answer is, “none,” as evidenced by the TSA’s allowing this woman to board the flight with her navel ring still intact. The TSA issued this statement in its [lame] defense:
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.
Really? Where did that “dignity and respect” come in exactly in this case? When the TSA screener refused the woman’s offer to display her piercings to a female officer in private to resolve the matter, when the TSA agents handed her a pair of friggin’ pliers to rip out her piercings before being allowed to board the thirty minute, well-known terrorist target that is the commuter flight between Lubbock and Dallas, or when she heard snickering from the male TSA officers as she cried in pain while struggling to remover her piercings with an implement you use to fix barb-wire fence?
Well, this woman has apparently now hired Gloria Allred, who can always be counted on to garner enough press coverage to make life very uncomfortable for the TSA, both in and out of the courtroom.