Home

Black Women Share How TSA Still Goes Through Their Hair During Inspections

By Sharelle Burt

Share

It’s amazing that black women still have to tell people not to touch their hair in 2019. While we understand that black hair is beautiful, you can be amazed without touching.

With the government shutdown entering day 20, numerous reports of TSA performing lackadaisical security checks have come up. Now that airport security is in freeform, Travel Noire asked Twitter if TSA is still checking your hair.

Shockingly enough, we found that a majority of travelers said yes. The TSA rules for a pat down are simple: if your hair sets the alarm off during screening, passengers will receive a pat-down by a same-sex officer. All hairstyles are subject to inspection, including braids.

RELATED: Black Travelers Share Weird Airport Experiences Since Government Shutdown

Even the hair that naturally grows from your scalp is subject to a search.

While we asked the ladies specifically, some of TN’s male followers wanted to let us know that the men are subject to a pat-down as well.

Since travelers walk through large metal detectors to get to their flight, having metal clips in your hair could be a problem. This goes for hair clip ins and bobby pins.

Travelers were surprised that wigs were even in the equation.

The TSA website lists explicitly all styles that could be checked, including clip-on extensions, wigs, and toppers. To avoid this, they recommend keeping hair simple, so travelers don’t have to go through the process of letting taking it down.
With that in mind, some travelers say that pat downs have never been a problem for them. They can walk through security with any hairstyle not worrying about the extra search.

Some may have a problem with the pat down because travelers should be able to wear their hair any way they please, however, TSA is just doing their job.
Share
Travel Noire

Sharelle Burt

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Pilots Reportedly Received Training For Boeing 737 MAX On An iPad

Pilots Reportedly Received Training For Boeing 737 MAX On An iPad

It’s been a rough few weeks for Boeing. After a crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, the FBI has opened a criminal probe into how the 737 MAX 8 jet received its safety certifications. Several countries including Ethiopia, China, and Singapore, also grounded the Boeing jet, while the U.S. grounded all 737 Max planes on […]

Victoria M. Walker

Spring Break Tourist Killed After Falling Out Of Car In Miami

Spring Break Tourist Killed After Falling Out Of Car In Miami

Mariah Michelle Logan, a 23-year-old woman from Chicago, was struck by a car and killed while heading back to the airport after three days of spring break partying with friends in Miami. According to the Miami Herald, she was “hanging out” of the right rear passenger window, as she yelled “bye Miami.” Then she flew […]

Victoria M. Walker

Survey Reveals 80 Percent Of Travelers Have Trouble Sleeping

Survey Reveals 80 Percent Of Travelers Have Trouble Sleeping

If you find yourself tossing and turning while sleeping away from home, then you’re not alone. A new global study commissioned by the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) Hotels & Resorts reveals that nearly 80 percent of travelers have trouble sleeping. The study showed that business travelers have the hardest time, losing around 58 minutes of […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin