Brooke was pulled out of the line at LAX because bells rang as she walked through the airport metal detector. Young and pretty, Brooke had body piercings in her nose, tongue, eyebrows, and ears. Brooke was escorted to a private room by Cher, a female agent from the Transportation Security Administration. She watched as Brooke removed all her rings and barbells. Then Brooke went back through the detector.
The bells went off again. Cher accompanied Brooke back to the private room. Brooke said she had forgotten about the navel piercing. She removed the barbell in her navel and walked through the detector again.
The bells went off again. Cher started to walk back to the private room with Brooke. A male TSA agent asked Cher if she needed any help. She glared at him. Brooke admitted to Cher that she had a couple more piercings. Cher asked where; Brooke removed her bra. Cher told Brooke she would have to remove the two rings. Brooke easily removed one ring. She tried to remove the other one; it wouldn’t budge. Cher said, “Try these,” and gave Brooke a pair of pliers. The pliers didn’t help.
Cher told Brooke that she would not be allowed to board her plane. Brooke started crying. Her boyfriend in Atlanta was going to be very disappointed.