Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Underwire Bra Causes Flight Delay

Earlier this year a woman, Mandi Hamlin, was forced to remove her nipple rings prior to boarding a flight, an incident that was not just humiliating but also unnecessary, based on the fact that a visual inspection was OK'ed in the case of her navel ring. On Tuesday a woman stood off against the Transportation Security Agency over her bra.

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.'

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."
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.

Kates said:
"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."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh... my... GOD. With the number of women who wear underwire bras, you'd think they could account for this and find better ways to handle it. I mean, does this happen to a large number of women wearing underwire bras? And if not, what are other airlines/airports doing that these numpties could learn from? Certainly, if nothing else, put it in their ludicrous list of rules, along with 'no lotion or nail clippers', that women can only wear non-underwire bras or must carry them through security and put them in the tray with their keys and loose change, lest they be caused to miss their flight by stringent anti-bra security measures.

Honestly, I feel safer already.

Anonymous said...

Why do we hear about this happening in the USA and not elsewhere? Are the others asleep at the wheel? Some how I don't think so.

TSA hires contractors in each airport to do the actual job. And they hire the cheapest labor they can, skimp on training and give the agents an over inflated sense of importance. They don't seem to realize that they are there to provide us, the traveling public, a service.

So, underwire bras now a problem? How come they don't confiscate gel filled ones? After all, there is more gel in some of those bras than in the tube of toothpaste you forget in your carry on.

Give me a break, please.

Anonymous said...

"How come they don't confiscate gel filled ones? After all, there is more gel in some of those bras than in the tube of toothpaste you forget in your carry on."

Are you nuts? What kind of threat is posed by a gel-filled bra?

Anonymous said...

"Are you nuts? What kind of threat is posed by a gel-filled bra?"

It's called a joke.

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