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Woman says TSA hair search amounts to racial profiling
The Hill ^

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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lauraadiele; profiling; racecard; seatac; seatec; tsa; tsapervs

1 posted on 07/08/2011 6:50:01 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe there was a fish in her hair?


2 posted on 07/08/2011 6:51:30 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

She couldn’t play the victim so she “had to play the race card,” by her own admission!


3 posted on 07/08/2011 6:52:31 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Yes a Chilean sea bass


4 posted on 07/08/2011 6:52:34 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m REALLY sorry Patti, but we have rules now. Being a famous singer decades ago will no longer get you a free pass.


5 posted on 07/08/2011 6:52:47 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Sub-Driver

White people have been racially profiled since day one. What’s her problem?


6 posted on 07/08/2011 6:53:40 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: al baby

YUM!


7 posted on 07/08/2011 6:54:13 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


8 posted on 07/08/2011 6:54:33 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Sub-Driver

9 posted on 07/08/2011 6:57:12 PM PDT by VastRWCon (Taxed to Death)
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To: kittymyrib

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


10 posted on 07/08/2011 6:58:00 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: Sub-Driver
"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.

We iz search burkas now .... foolz you!

11 posted on 07/08/2011 6:58:07 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Sub-Driver

A big ‘fro’ would be a great place to hide a pound of C-4.


12 posted on 07/08/2011 7:00:21 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Sub-Driver

I lost a pencil in my hair once.


13 posted on 07/08/2011 7:02:46 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Perhaps if she wasn’t a terrorist, she wouldn’t have had to deal with the hassle.


14 posted on 07/08/2011 7:03:02 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Sub-Driver

Big-ass ‘fro? They gots to know.

They feel your head or you drive instead.


15 posted on 07/08/2011 7:05:12 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: Sub-Driver

I like how this idiot comes right out and says “I played the race card because....”


16 posted on 07/08/2011 7:08:38 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Sub-Driver

All the TSA employees at BWI my last flight were black. I don’t know what the breakdown is in Seattle.


17 posted on 07/08/2011 7:12:45 PM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: Sub-Driver

No telling what might have crawled into my beard and died.


18 posted on 07/08/2011 7:16:19 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s *ALWAYS* about race if you’re incompetent, and African or Arab, isn’t it?


19 posted on 07/08/2011 7:18:35 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Sub-Driver
I am shocked she actually got interviewed on a show because of this. She is lucky she did not have to remove her diaper
or have her child molested. Straighten your hair or Shut up lady it is uncomfortable for most people and since the new administration and Big Sis this crap has gotten worse.
20 posted on 07/08/2011 7:27:58 PM PDT by funfan
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To: NotSoFreeStater

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!


21 posted on 07/08/2011 7:28:51 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Sub-Driver
I guess I can see it?


22 posted on 07/08/2011 7:33:47 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: SkyDancer

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.


23 posted on 07/08/2011 7:37:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Maybe there was a fish in her hair?

Perhaps a "Chinook" salmon?

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24 posted on 07/08/2011 7:38:38 PM PDT by digger48
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To: ladyjane

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


25 posted on 07/08/2011 7:39:47 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: digger48

"Hey, that's my chopper, Charlie!"

"And this is my gun, Clyde."

26 posted on 07/08/2011 7:45:58 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: digger48

Therrrrrre ya go!


27 posted on 07/08/2011 7:46:27 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I believe it. It’s always old people and young Whites who really get the going over.


28 posted on 07/08/2011 8:18:16 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: Sub-Driver

"Watch-out sucker!"

29 posted on 07/08/2011 8:18:37 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Sub-Driver

30 posted on 07/08/2011 8:22:20 PM PDT by Califreak (I heard Reagan is back and this time he's Jewish...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Adiele said the TSA agents told her it was the agency’s policy to check anything that “poofs” from the body.
___________________________________________

Um

Burkas “poof”

Just saying...


31 posted on 07/08/2011 8:40:15 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Sub-Driver

Back in the 70s Angela Davis sneaked a pistol into a prison It was hidden in her hair.


32 posted on 07/08/2011 9:37:19 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: skimbell

. . . but what the H-E-double-toothpicks kind of a dress is that to wear as hostess at a state dinner?!


33 posted on 07/08/2011 10:15:42 PM PDT by stanne
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34 posted on 07/08/2011 10:55:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Sub-Driver

Someone should alert “The Hill” the airport is Sea-Tac as in Seattle-Tacoma and not Sea-Tec.


35 posted on 07/08/2011 11:32:08 PM PDT by newzjunkey (do editors exist any more?)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


36 posted on 07/09/2011 1:21:53 AM PDT by rosepetal2010 (The government is NOT your friend)
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To: Tennessee Nana

“Burkas poof”

So do farts. Eat plenty of bran before you go to the airport.


37 posted on 07/09/2011 1:40:29 AM PDT by beelzepug (" Shaved ice for me and my monkey, please.")
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To: Sub-Driver
I looked around and didn't see anyone else being searched in that way

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.

38 posted on 07/09/2011 5:24:54 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Redbob

Also it helps when you are connected to the ideals of this Bozo POTUS/TOTUS stinking up the WH.


39 posted on 07/09/2011 5:35:26 AM PDT by tiger63
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To: BobL

She did not mind being naked scanned and felt up. Just don’t mess with the black hair!


40 posted on 07/09/2011 6:06:27 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Sub-Driver
I am so sick of all this racial profiling crap.

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.

41 posted on 07/09/2011 6:24:47 AM PDT by Dustoff45 (A good woman brings out the best in a good man! A better woman might be just what this nation needs)
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To: VastRWCon

Good shot ~ Fur Shur Cynthia McKinney would NEVER get through TSA security with that do.


42 posted on 07/13/2011 7:07:26 AM PDT by muawiyah
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