Black women at airports may be getting harassed in disproportionate numbers because of their hair.
Body scanners used by Transportation Security Administration agents are suspected of alerting airport security agents to possible contraband, which officers are required to then check out, according to a report by ProPublica.
“With black females, the scanner alarms more because they have thicker hair; many times they have braids or dreadlocks,” a Texas-based TSA officer reportedly said.
“Maybe, down the line, they will be redesigning the technology, so it can tell apart what’s a real threat and what is not.”
A “senior TSA official” who spoke under the condition of anonymity said officers who may appear to be discriminating against black women are only complying with the rules of their training.