Do TSA agents have a problem with afro wigs? Several cases have been reported in the press of agents searching afro hair and wigs all in the name of airport security. Solange Knowles can now add her name to the list of black women whose afros have been searched by TSA.

The “Losing You” singer tweeted that TSA agents patted down her afro, while she traveled yesterday:

To her credit, she managed to have a sense of humor about the ordeal, even playing a game with her followers of “What Could TSA find in Solange’s afro?”

But discrimination is no laughing matter. It appears that TSA agents have an issue with voluminous, textured hair when it’s on African-American heads.

I wonder how many non-black women get their hair searched by TSA. Or women who have “big” hair that isn’t textured like an afro. The number of black women, famous or not, who have to deal with their hair being patted down by TSA agents is too high for it to be anything but discrimination.

What are your thoughts on TSA agents searching afros, Clutchettes? Is it discriminatory in your opinion?


  • Yb

    The TSA would do these hair pat downs before that event happened and what I want to know is: Do they search they wigs and hair of non-black women or only us and why are Afros veiwed with disdain and suspicion?

  • Mama Naturalista (@MarisolCorrea)

    WHAT?! SMH

  • C

    I want to know if they are searching all curly-types of hair, or just Black women. On that note, I’d like to say that I wear my hair in a french braid or two when traveling for that reason (although I shouldn’t have to do so).

  • myblackfriendsays

    I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.

  • Downsouth Transplant

    I once had my hair in a Erykah Badu sky high wrap kind of look and the TSA lady asked me to take it off for a search, of course i did & this was a no name airport more like a airstrip in MI, She was more than amazed at the Afro that came out she thought i was kidding her when i said it was all my hair, what do you know she wanted to touch it. uuhhhmmm NO Ma’am unless you get a court order for that!!**SMH**

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