Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fros Added to the TSA's Inspection List

So I guess this is an official part of the standard TSA checklist now? Read about the TSA hair frisking that recently happened to Briana McCarthy of The Mane Source.

I realize the agents do not make the policies and are just doing their jobs. Honestly a small weapon could be concealed inside of a large enough fro, but what I don't understand is what set this off? Has there been a case of hair smuggling that led the authorities to institutionalize this policy or is it a part of racial profiling? I'm not suggesting foul play but I would appreciate an explanation of the hair frisking trend.

What do you all think?

1 comment:

  1. YES girl! Thank you for speaking on it and sharing this woman's story. This is the latest addition that seems just a tad ridiculous. Recently I lost my ID before boarding my flight back to NY from Vegas. I was able to produce enough evidence that I was who I said I was, so as compromise they give an extremely thorough body search, which included my hair. While my hair was not in a fro, it was in neatly twisted bantu knots, the TSA officer still rubbed her fingers throughout my scalp to "ensure I wasn't carrying any contraband". Where I would have hid it, I have no idea but when asked about the necessity of a hair search, they said I'd "be surprised where people hide things these days". So apparently there is some fro smuggling going on in some capacity. But I highly doubt it. As solid as our hair can become, it is unlikely to be able to hide anything of much weight. I even put it to the test with my 3 year old daughter, whom I frequently encourage to rock her fro. All three objects, the heaviest of which was a plastic toy spoon (approx 8 oz in weight & 1.25" in length) from her tea set, were unable to be well concealed in her hair. After my in home hair test, I call foul and have decided this is another way used to demean colored people with non-conformative hair styles.