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TSA to change procedures on piercings

The Transportation Security Administration is changing it's procedures concerning body piercing after an incident this week involving a woman and her nipple piercing.

Mandi Hamlin, 37, was boarding a flight in Texas when a security officials wand detected the metal in her nipple piercings. Hamlin had asked if she could expose herself to officials in private to illustrate that she in fact had piercings, but officials requested that she remove them.

The removal process was difficult and in fact caused physical discomfort to the woman.

In a statement released by the TSA officals said, ""We appreciate her raising awareness on this issue and we are changing the procedures to ensure that this does not happen again."

The new TSA guidlines will feature procedures that allow a passenger to select whether or not they remove a body piercing or expose it to a TSA official in private.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,343068,00.html

http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/03/tsa-procedures-changed-after-p.html