LA Lawyer Claims Woman Forced to Remove Nipple Rings at Airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney claims security agents gave a woman a pair of pliers and forced her to remove her nipple rings in
order to board an airline flight.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred issued a press statement Thursday making the allegation but she didn't provide details. A news conference was scheduled.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Dwayne Baird said he had not heard of the incident. Baird said the TSA has no specific policy about body jewelry but if it was big enough to sound an alarm, the person wearing it would not be allowed to pass security until the alarm was investigated.

Baird noted, however, that people wear wedding and other rings through security without tripping alarms.

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