By now I’m sure you’ve heard the story or even seen the video but I felt the need to share since it is an incident that affected one of us in the Natural haired community.
“SHORELINE, Wash. — Laura Adiele wasn’t expecting any trouble when she put her hair up, packed her bags, and headed for SeaTac to catch a flight to Texas. So, she was quite surprised when she was pulled out of the security line after having gone through the Advance Imaging system (that see-through technology) and told she needed a pat-down.
“When I first heard her say, ‘We’re going to have to pat you down,’ I thought she was talking about my body. I was turning around and putting my arms out and she said, ‘no, we’re going to have to examine your hair,’ and I said, ‘no, we’re not going to do that today and you’re going to have to get security or your supervisor,'” said Adiele.” http://www.king5.com/news
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Any thoughts? I’d love to hear ’em.
Stay strong Naturals,
You know from my blog that I travel ALL THE TIME. I have been "searched", "rayed", "patted up" and "patted down". On my last trip, I beeped, setting off some alarm. I told the agents who jumped to the ready, wand in hand that the beep was probably from my barrette. "Can you take the barrette out?" My reply, "No, I don't feel like doing that. It is my barrette." They waved the wand a few times, realized that it was barrette while also realizing that I was serious about not taking down my hair. "Don't mess up my hair" was my only other comment. I said it with a smile but I was serious. They finished, without touching my hair, and allowed me to put my sweater, belt, and shoes back on. I grabbed my suitcase and kept it moving. I honestly didn't think again about it until reading this post. There was no way my hair was going to be touched nor did I consider it a racial thing. In truth my hair "went off" and they needed to ask about it. However, I clearly believed it was my right to say no.
Good for you! I would have said 'no' as well.
Wow – I didn't even hear this story..thanks for sharing.