If the TSA's 'natural hair patdown' practice is not racial profiling, what is?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Looking like asses to the rest of the world ...

    UK Guardian: If the TSA's 'natural hair patdown' practice is not racial profiling, what is?

    What does America's Transportation Security Agency (TSA) believe that black people are holding in our hair before we board planes? I was forced to ask myself this question just days ago when two TSA agents halted the security line at Los Angeles International Airport to search my shoulder-length curls for weapons of war. As the country moves into the busy holiday travel season, countless more black and brown Americans with natural hair will be forced to query the same.

    Over the past year, "natural hair pat downs" have taken place with greater reported frequency. The fact that they occur at all underscores that America's post-racial future still has roots in its racist past. With a twice-elected black man as the country's chief executive, how could the TSA get it so wrong?

    Short answer: The same way TSA gets just about everything else wrong: Stupidity, and a focus on yesterday's plots and wild rumors.
  2. There needs to be a public service announcement for these folks about demanding a glove change.
  3. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    She shouldn't feel singled out. My shoulder-length blond hair gets patted down too.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Obviously you must be hiding something it it! :D
  5. I'll bet this is one of the 120 "plays" from the "playbook": "Here's what we're searching for today, team: a baggie of weed in a stylin' lady's fro! Um, wait a minute, I mean a knife or a gun. Wink wink, nudge nudge. You know we don't search for drugs. ;)"
  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Jailhouse processing is in order for the criminals who came up with routines like these for air travelers.
    If a racist pattern can help stop this, by all means.

    Risks and expenditure on TSA should make their way into the national discussions on safety right now.
    If TSA is interdiction as deterrence theater, move the blue goons to every urban street corner that could use one. Call 'em street crossing guards. Get them out of our airports and hair.:td:
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  7. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    They apparently search ponytails all the time as well. Complete waste of time and sadly people seem to think its normal.
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Given TSA's unhygienic practices, it's a good way to foster a healthy gene pool for head lice, and maybe even throw a few crotch lice into the mix.
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  9. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Good point. There is a much higher likelihood of transmitting head lice from passenger to passenger by searching through hair using same gloves than in transmitting disease doing pat downs.

    This would make a good You Tube video since they do it all the time and no one pays attention.
  10. Last time we flew, almost a year ago, a jovial and friendly smurfette welcomed my son through the metal detector... and then mussed his hair!! I had to control myself to keep from freaking out. She did also let me take a second trip through the metal detector after my baby bonked her head on it and set it off first time through, so I wasn't in the position to make a scene about touching my kid's hair with her used gloves. If it ever happens again maybe I'll say lice has been going around the kids he plays with or something. A girl on our street did get lice a while back so, not entirely a lie.

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