An African American woman in Washington state says that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may have singled her out for a hair search because she’s black.
Laura Adiele told King 5 that she had already gone through the full-body scanner when a TSA agent pulled her aside for a pat down.
“When I first heard her say, ‘We’re going to have to pat you down,’ I thought she was talking about my body,” Adiele said. “I was turning around and putting my arms out and she said, ‘no, we’re going to have to examine your hair,’ and I said, ‘no, we’re not going to do that today and you’re going to have to get security or your supervisor.’”
Adiele felt discriminated against because women of other races with “big hair” and pony tails weren’t having their hair searched.
After agents threatened to call the police, she relented and allowed the search.
“The supervisor shows up and she says, ‘It’s our policy that we examine anything that poofs from the body,’ and I’m looking around me at all these women with bigger hair if you will and I’m thinking ‘why am I the only one being singled out here for poofy hair?” Adiele added.
Watch this video from King 5, broadcast July 7, 2011.