Skip to comments.Woman 'humiliated' when told to remove bra at federal courthouse
Posted on 10/03/2007 6:22:26 PM PDT by Bean Counter
A Bonners Ferry woman says she was humiliated when security guards at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene told her she'd have to remove her underwire bra to get inside.
Lori Plato said she was going into the courthouse for a court hearing Sept. 20 when the metal detector went off as she passed through security.
"When I walked through, the gentleman said, "'Do you have an underwire bra on?'." Plato said. "I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'You have to remove it.' "
But there was nowhere private to remove her bra, she said. The guards suggested she go out to her car to do it.
Instead, Plato who describes herself as "not petite" said she removed her bra while her husband tried to shield her from view of others in the crowded lobby by holding up his coat.
She said she had to put the bra on a conveyor belt and send it through an x-ray machine.
"After I got through the metal detector and waited for my bra to come through the conveyor belt, one of the security guards said, "'That's a girl,'" Plato said. She thought the guard was making fun of her.
The U.S. Marshal's Service, which supervises security at the courthouse, said Plato was given options and chose not to exercise them. She was told she could have gone to her car or to a neighboring business to remove the bra, U.S. Marshal Patrick McDonald said.
"She's inflating it," McDonald said.
U.S. Marshal Patrick McDonald
“She’s inflating it,” McDonald said.
Good grief - he’s gonna be looking for a new job!
I know there’s plenty of fun being made here about this subject, but there’s no reason for them to insist she remove her bra. This would indeed be humiliating to a woman. The security guard would surely have a device to check the properties of the undergarment.
In a discussion of what postal facilities ought to look like and what kind of comforts they might have he recommended that the Post Office Department eliminate restrooms since the employees could just "go down the street to a gas station just about anywhere".
Henry didn't get fired but you'll notice he isn't forgotten. Looks like he has a first cousin guarding courthouses these days.
Women can take them off and never show an inch of skin. We shouldn’t have to on demand though.
She wasn't a member of "breasts, not bombs", was she?
If so, somebody's toes were at risk!
You never know, she may have had a small bottle of liquid, or even a pair of nail clippers, hidden in there!
Every time she walks through it, the alarm sounds, and she's asked to remove another article of clothing.
Pretty soon she's down to just her bra and a few other things and the airport screeners (played by Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey and Rob Schneider) are saying stuff to her like, "Now, arch your back for more security."
I don't think it's on YouTube or else I'd post it. It's a classic.
Hm. maybe if they’re members of the itty bitty committee, but not if they aren’t petite in that way.
The U.S. Marshals make the FBI look bright.
that guard ought to be glad that woman wasnt me.
Last year going through Manchester airport in England, I got pull from line and patted down because of an underwire bra. The security people were polite and respectful.
There is no excuse for the behavior of the guard and no reason she should have had to remove her bra.
I would have told him if he removed his jock seeing how he must have reinforced it, I would then remove my bra.
Absolutely! THis is ridiculous!!
I 100% agree, just having a little fun.
If that were the case, and she could pass the ‘can test’ then the bottle of liquid and clippers would still be hidden. Knowwhatimean?
Nah. Right arm out/ the left, then freedom.
nope. not that easy.
Never heard of that one, but I DO remember the "Pencil Test"...
This begs for a joke about a pair of 38’s but I’m not going to stoop to that level.
But if we wanna talk about .45’s.....!
Just takes practice:’)
My family and I were searched on the way into a museum and we didn't run to the 5 o'clock news.
Pencil test is for members of the itty bitty committee.
Maybe THAT’s what happened! Now I would understand why she was humiliated!
nope. If you can do the ‘can test’ then a quick bra removal is a bit more challenging.
Yet another non Muslim American who has to suffer because of the behavior of your Muslim males.
Of course, that is Hate Speech.
I have the same issue every time I fly through Kansas City. Always get pulled for the pat down. And I’m a frequent business traveler. Now, I wear a sports bra when I’m going out of there.
That reminds me of a basketball game between our Summer resort staff and a girls camp staff. It was played in our gymnasium.
When the opposing team arrived they were wearing jerseys identical in color to our girls. I was rec director and went to the rec shack and retrieved a bunch of printed T-shirts from a prior event.
I handed them out to all our girls (around 15 of them) and to my surprise they all put the new shirts on over their others then proceeded to easily take the old ones off in public, (actually during a timeout) without the slightest problem and without showing any skin at all. The thing which was so amazing to me is that they all knew just how to do something I would have thought impossible.
“She’s inflating it,”
"She's inflating it," McDonald said.
No , It was an underwire bra
Never had heard THAT one, but it's good...
Neither had the principal of our high school when my friends and I wore T-shirts with I.B.T.C. printed across the front!
Yup. Comply or else. The options she was given for a stupid underwire bra were really half-assed ones. They could’ve had a female guard do a pat search if they absolutely had to, and be done with it.
What’s a can test?
thankfully we don’t have underwire jock straps.
all kidding aside, the antics of the tsa are notorious. do they have score off-the-chart on the devious-perv test to get the job?
What happens if you have a plate in your head? I have 4 of them since june and lotsa screws...havn’t had to walk through a metal detector yet though.
“Sir, is that a roll of quarters in your pocket?”
“No, I just took a viagra.”
“I’m afraid we’re going to need proof.”
- The New Zero Tolerance Baggage Checker wannabe Security ‘Officers’
My flying lib/lesbian sister sent me an email about how Kroger did not sell Plan B to some woman.
I wrote back and said that as a Catholic (Cino, really) she should not be promoting Plan B as it is against Church teachings.
She wrote back screaming that it was her “choice” that they were taking away.
I then asked her “WHAT choice?” Besides having her Uterus removed a few years ago, she also was sleeping with a woman and could not get pregnant so there is no CHOICE.
I also added that when I was pregnant with my last daughter, I was spotting and prescribed Progesterone suppositories. These were available at only ONE pharmacy in the city. I went, I got them and never once called the media to complain.
(to add to the fun, I told her that I forwarded the message to every homeschooling and Christian group that I was with to start frequenting Kroger to support them in their decision not to sell Plan B)
is that where the term “a screw loose” comes from?
Thank you ... and (I’m guessing) Google Images?
I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t know what the tests are. The only pencil test I can think of if when we hit 1o y/o boys for dropping them
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