'Silence' Producer's Joke at Airport Security Leads to Vagina Patdown

 01/13/2017 8:42 AM MST
Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Martin Scorsese's longtime producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff received a present over the holidays that she wasn't expecting ­— a vagina pat-down.

Running late for an American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles in December, the Silence producer was wearing one of her favorite accessories, a Cartier Love bracelet, which is time-intensive to remove and put back on. After Koskoff had gone through the scanner, a TSA employee asked her to submit to an additional security check to examine what she said would be Koskoff's neck, wrist and groin.

As they waited for a supervisor to come do the check, Koskoff joked that the scanner probably had picked up her IUD — a birth control method known as an intrauterine device. The staffer's face went pale.

"She suddenly wouldn't even look at me and then she said something into her walkie-talkie," Koskoff recalls. "The supervisor comes over and calls for the head of security because they thought I was talking about an IED." That device is one used by terrorists, known by its full title as an improvised explosive device. "The scene was gnarly for a minute," Koskoff continues, before adding that the misunderstanding got cleared up over several minutes.

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