Berkeley resident Nancy Kates arrived at Oakland International Airport to board JetBlue flight 472. However, when she went through the metal detector, lo and behold: her underwire bra set off the alarm.
A female TSA agent went over Kates with a wand. Kates said:
"The woman touched my breast. I said, 'You can't do that.' She said, 'We have to pat you down.' I said, 'You can't treat me as a criminal for wearing a bra.'Finally she just removed the bra. However, TSA agents decided (for whatever reason) to search her luggage. At that point she'd spent 40 minutes during the ordeal and missed her flight.She was four hours late getting to Boston.
They tried to humiliate me and I was not going to be humiliated over this. If I was carrying nail clippers and forgot about them, I wouldn't have gotten so upset. But here I was just wearing my underwear."
"It's actually a little funny in a way, but a sad, sad commentary on the state of our country. This is bigger than just me. There are 150 million women in America, and this could happen to any of them."TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said Monday that "We have to resolve an alarm. Unfortunately, we can't take a passenger's word for it."