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. 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.

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