A Deviation from the norm – “woman with natural hair angered by TSA Hair search”

That’s right. You read that correctly. A woman with natural hair was subjected to a hair search in an airport recently.

Watch the video to see for yourself.


After you watch this, tell me this: what in the world does a head covering (i.e. for religious purposes) have to do with natural hair?

This post and its content represent a deviation from the norm in more ways than one. 1) Even though it is about natural hair in the media, it is not about our natural hair in advertisements (I just had to share it, though!). 2) Being natural is likely still considered a deviation from the norm both inside and outside our community.

Random aside: Oh, and may I just say that her hair is gorgeous! More importantly, I understand her outrage.

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6 thoughts on “A Deviation from the norm – “woman with natural hair angered by TSA Hair search”

  1. Couldn’t view the vid, but was she wearing a hijab or something? I think with the TSAs and anything involving “American Security” people tend to follow the letter of the law, as opposed to the sprirt of the law. There’s profiling going on unfortunately, and that’s how the TSAs are trained. If her head was covered, she most likely raised a red flag…but a middle-aged white guy in women’s lingerie can pass through with no problem. Eh…

  2. That’s a great question. Actually, she wasn’t wearing anything. In the video, she shows how she was wearing her hair, which was in a ponytail. The TSA official just made a statement justifying the search, and referred CNN to that section of their policies. So I wasn’t really clear on whether or not they considered her natural hair to be a head covering. But your point is well-stated, regarding the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law.

  3. I don’t even have words for this. Several women wear their hair in a ponytail when flying. Why did they only stop and search her hair? It was definitely an interesting article. Thanks for posting!

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  5. I can only imagine why they stopped her. I don’t want to be quick to the point the “that’s discrimination” finger, but I think I’m going to have to call a spade a spade. This could have been rooted in ignorance, or a lack of knowledge. But, to me, that doesn’t make it right.

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