The New York Times Puts Spotlight On TSA Natural Hair Pat Downs

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011

From Coco & Creme–After September 11th, security at airports nationwide was increased to ensure everyone’s safety but recently there have been reports on a different type of security measure. The New York Times reported Timery Shante Nance, an African-American woman with natural hair, went through security at an airport in San Antonio and a Transportation Security Administration officer (TSA) stopped her.

The officer wanted to pat down her hair to make sure there were no dangerous weapons being harbored inside even after she passed the full body scan.

Ms. Nance thought the pat down was a bit peculiar and asked “Is it just African-American women with natural hair who get the hair search?” The response was no, of course, but many believe otherwise.

As we reported, a similar incident occurred at the end of June when Laura Adiele, another African-American woman with natural hair, went through security at a Seattle airport. The TSA released the statement that “additional screening may be required for clothing, headgear or hair where prohibited items may be hidden.” As she didn’t see women of other ethnicities being targeted for a hair pat down, she thought the TSA was engaging in racial profiling.

(Continue reading at Coco & Creme…)

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