Black Women’s Hair Will No Longer Be Searched Through By The TSA

Black Women Will Not Suffer At Least One Act Of Descrimination Now


“if your $170,000 machine can see under my clothes, but can’t figure out I’m not hiding a bomb in my braids, maybe it’s time to re-calibrate the machine.”

For many years now, black women have been victims and targets by the Transportation Security Administration. They have been subjected to unnecessary screenings because of their natural hair.

Just to show some history of these discriminatory situations:

In 2011, Timery Shante Nance was one of many black women pulled aside after being cleared by a full-body scan. She described the intense discrimination as she watched white women with curly hair and bushy ponytails passed through the security as a TSA screener insisted on “patting” her hair. Other travelers stared at her, making her experience deeply embarrassing; a complaint she lodged to the TSA was never answered judicially.

After repeatedly being singled out, Novella Coleman, who happens to be a staff lawyer with the ACLU of Southern California, filed an official complaint in 2012. TSA did not make any policy changes.

In 2013 Malaika Singleton filed a second complain  after she was pulled aside by TSA officers as she exited and re-entered the USA. The neuroscientist was on her way to London for an academic conference on dementia when she felt shocked and “violated.”

After pressure from the ACLU, the TSA has finally agreed to retrain security officers. Per the agreement, the agency will provide trainings across the country with an emphasis on hair pat-downs of black female travelers. TSA has also agreed to specifically track hair pat-down complaints filed by black women at all airports they oversee to determine whether discrimination is still happening.

Source: NY Mag