I was doing some searching around the net the other day and ran across this interesting story.
Isis Brantley, a Dallas hairstylist spoke of being chased down by TSA at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport so they could check her Afro for weapons. Brantley has been growing her hair out since age 12.
“I just heard this weird voice saying, `Stop, lady don't go! The lady with the big hair, stop,!` said Brantley to Channel 2 Action News during an interview. They stopped her and pretty much said they had to check her Afro for explosives.
“I thought they were kidding me, I thought it was a joke. I was shocked. Everyone was shocked,” she said. As the TSA agents started digging through her hair, she said she was in tears. I would have been too!
TSA in a statement said Brantley left the checkpoint area before she was done refusing the private screening that was offered.
The statement also said that additional screening may be required for clothes, headwear, or hair where prohibited items could be hidden.
As I read the story, I couldn't believe it. If the above statement is true, they should have gone about it in a much more professional manner than the way they did.
I'm sure if they were more professional and explained to her what they were doing and also explained that it was policy, she would have been more understanding of the circumstances.
I would have been just as outraged as she was! What's your take on this? I'm very interested to hear what you have to say.
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