The Tortoise And The Hair

Just when you thought it was safe to approach the TSA… While people of all colors think the TSA’s new full-body scanners are annoying, black women are apparently the most offended. For good reason..

Black women have been raising alarms for years about being forced to undergo intrusive, degrading searches of their hair at airport security checkpoints. After a complaint five years ago, the TSA pledged to improve oversight and training for its workers on hair pat-downs.

But it turns out there’s an issue beyond the screeners: the machines themselves.

The full-body scanners that have become standard at airports across the United States are prone to false alarms for hairstyles popular among women of color.

Well, to be fair, if they all shaved their heads they wouldn’t have this problem. What? I’m just sayin’. By the way, if Tyra Banks or Vivica Fox set off an alarm, I will be more than happy to pat them down.