Skip to comments.Woman says TSA hair search amounts to racial profiling
Posted on 07/08/2011 6:49:59 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Woman says TSA hair search amounts to racial profiling By Keith Laing - 07/08/11 01:03 PM ET
An African-American woman is accusing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of racial profiling because her hair was searched at an airport security checkpoint.
In an interview Friday on MSNBC, Laura Adiele said that TSA agents notified her after she went through a full-body scanner at Seattle's Sea-Tec Airport that her hair needed to be inspected. Adiele said she had no problem with being patted down, but she said the agents made the request to check her hair after she was scanned because she is black.
"It's already uncomfortable to be going through a naked body imaging," she said on MSNBC's "Jansing and Co." show. "For me, my hair is my breaking point."
"I played the race card in this just because I looked around and didn't see anyone else being searched in that way," Adiele continued. "And at the end of it, I had an African-American flight attendant come up to me and say that she's had this experience and that she's seeing it more frequently and that she thought I should complain about it."
Adiele said the TSA agents told her it was the agency's policy to check anything that "poofs" from the body.
TSA said that it screens all passengers "thoroughly," which might sometimes mean their hair.
"Additional screening may be required for clothing, headwear or hair where prohibiting items could be hidden," the agency said in a statement provided to the network. "TSA has record of this passenger coming through the security checkpoint. We are happy to work with this passenger directly and address her complaints."
However, Adiele said she did not see anything about hair in the guidelines posted on TSA's website.
"I've sent a complaint and I haven't heard anything back," she said. "The whole thing just seemed kind of fishy to me."
Maybe there was a fish in her hair?
She couldn’t play the victim so she “had to play the race card,” by her own admission!
Yes a Chilean sea bass
I’m REALLY sorry Patti, but we have rules now. Being a famous singer decades ago will no longer get you a free pass.
White people have been racially profiled since day one. What’s her problem?
Throw a burka over that poofy head and you’ll be sailing through those TSA stations, sweety. Wouldn’t want to profile a Muslim, you know.
A brother of mine from the 70’s had a big fro he could hide lots of stuff in that thing weed pills small razor knife
We iz search burkas now .... foolz you!
A big ‘fro’ would be a great place to hide a pound of C-4.
I lost a pencil in my hair once.
Perhaps if she wasn’t a terrorist, she wouldn’t have had to deal with the hassle.
Big-ass ‘fro? They gots to know.
They feel your head or you drive instead.
I like how this idiot comes right out and says “I played the race card because....”
All the TSA employees at BWI my last flight were black. I don’t know what the breakdown is in Seattle.
No telling what might have crawled into my beard and died.
It’s *ALWAYS* about race if you’re incompetent, and African or Arab, isn’t it?
I was in Seattle last week and the TSA folks were great. I can’t remember the racial breakdown, I was tired, but I remember they were very pleasant.
SFO, on the other hand, are RACISTS x 100!
White people have not only been profiled since day one, our own government officials have been PRAYING that those involved in the terrorist acts were white people so they could finally break the chain of muslims doing the terrorism. Bloomberg himself was hoping to God white people were terrorists in the van incident in NYC.
I was there too and, even though the line was long, it went smoothly and no problems at all. I was expecting the worst and got the best. lol
"Hey, that's my chopper, Charlie!"
"And this is my gun, Clyde."
Therrrrrre ya go!
I believe it. It’s always old people and young Whites who really get the going over.
Adiele said the TSA agents told her it was the agency’s policy to check anything that “poofs” from the body.
Back in the 70s Angela Davis sneaked a pistol into a prison It was hidden in her hair.
. . . but what the H-E-double-toothpicks kind of a dress is that to wear as hostess at a state dinner?!
Someone should alert “The Hill” the airport is Sea-Tac as in Seattle-Tacoma and not Sea-Tec.
If anything it’s a bias against kinky hair. My sister-in-law had her hair thoroughly checked too. Red kinky hair, white skin. It was undoubtedly racial profiling of the Irish. :)
That being said, I don’t support anything the TSA does. They’re..eh..I’ll stop there.
So do farts. Eat plenty of bran before you go to the airport.
And did you see anyone else with 'poofy' hair? And where there any black people with short hair being searched?
I think this person needs to take a logic class.
"I am the only human in the area with poofy hair. I am black. Therefore, to search my hair is racist." Uh, sorry young lady. You fail.
Also it helps when you are connected to the ideals of this Bozo POTUS/TOTUS stinking up the WH.
She did not mind being naked scanned and felt up. Just don’t mess with the black hair!
Years ago, while I worked internal theft for the PO, we had a long list of missing food stamps for one certain community.
We worked that local office but could not id a suspect.
We started watching the Distribution plant on the day the food stamps were processed for the area.
We had a new trainee (African-American) that we brought in just to show him how we did it, (watching employees via covert surveillance techniques)
After about an hour, the trainee shouted "Got Him!", then pointed out for us to watch a certain black employee. As he was pulling mail for the various routes, he also was taking the occasional 'fat envelope' and stashing it in an odd location on the sorting case.
Sure enough, he was stashing a cache of food stamp envelopes for later retrieval.
Later when we were preparing our case for the prosecutor, we asked him how he caught it. His response - "Hey, I grew up with them, I always watch them first"
Needless to say, we had to report that Agent A had been advised by Agent B, that Agent B had observed an unusual mail sorting technique.
No racial profiling here folks.
Good shot ~ Fur Shur Cynthia McKinney would NEVER get through TSA security with that do.