TSA Hair Search Prompts Racism Accusation

Posted Jul 8th 2011 11:20 AMUpdated Jul 8th 2011 11:21 AM

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A Seattle woman is crying "racism" after having her curly hair inspected by Transportation Security Administration officers after passing through a security checkpoint at Sea-Tac International Airport.


Laura Adiele, who is of mixed race, filed a complaint against the TSA, which has a stated policy of inspecting head coverings. She took to the airwaves to tell to tell an NBC affiliate that the search was "racially motivated."

Adiele claimed that other white women with big hair were not searched and that she felt violated when a female officer fondled her curly coiff. A TSA spokesman reacted by pointing out that this is the first hair related TSA scandal, which is actually pretty impressive considering the number of scandals the TSA has had.

The hair-search controversy is probably a tempest in a teapot, but its half-life (and the fact it got any traction at all) are a pretty good indicator of the contempt that people seem to harbor for the TSA.

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