What is wrong with the TSA? First it was patting down toddlers and feeling up grandmothers in diapers, but now its agents are searching black women's hair.
According to this New York Times article, agents of the Transportation Security Administration have been giving some black women with natural hair a second look in the form of a hair pat-down.
Really, TSA? As a black woman I can tell you right now that there is no way we are going to hide explosives in our hair. It would totally ruin the style and we are not having any of that. (On the other hand, who ever thought someone would put a bomb in their underwear. Pause. Discuss.)
TSA maintains that it does not profile passengers, but the article notes that some black women feel targeted because of their "natural" hair styles. Both of the women who complained, including Laura Adiele of Seattle (pictured), said they had already gone through a screening. What I wonder is if there's some logistical reason that a full-body scan would locate a bomb strapped to your leg beneath your clothes but wouldn't see it in your hair?