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Woman claims race bias over airport hair search

HAIR-RAISING: Laura Adiele

A BLACK WOMAN claims that she was a victim of racism as she had her hair examined by airport security.

According to TV channel NBC, African-American, Laura Adiele who had had a full-body scan, says she was told by security agents that her hair needed to be inspected as well.

Adiele who said she had no problem with being patted down, is saying the airport agents’ request to check her hair, is based on her skin colour.

“I played the race card in this just because I looked around and didn’t see anyone else being searched in that way,” she told the news channel.

She says she met an African-American flight attendant who told her that this is a recurrent situation and that she should send in a complaint about the treatment she got.

The TSA is said to have responded in a statement that it is their policy to search “anything that puffs out from the body”.

Here in the UK, the Government is looking into ways airport security measures can be relaxed in a bid to reduce time travelers spend going through security.

Theresa Villiers, the aviation minister told the Daily Telegraph, “What we are looking for is a better security outcome and we want this done in a more passenger-friendly way”.

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