This from our hard-working North Idaho bureau today:
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.' "
U.S. Mashal's Service explanation:
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.
He said Plato turned her back on the security officers, who thought she was simply going to talk to her husband.
"All of a sudden she just took it off," McDonald said. "It wasn't anything we wanted to happen and it wasn't anything we asked for her to do. She did it so fast."
Though he said Plato wasn't ordered to remove her bra, McDonald said she was told she couldn't pass through security wearing it.