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“It happens with my natural Afro, when I have braids or two-strand twists. Regardless,” said Wanzer, who lives in Washington, D.C. “At this point in my life I have come to expect it, but that doesn’t make it any less invasive and frustrating.” Wanzer, who had her hair patted down by Transportation Security Administration officers […]

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Dorian Wanzer travels frequently for work. And almost every time she steps out of an airport body scanner, security screeners pull her aside and run their fingers through her hair. It’s called a hair pat-down. “It happens with my natural Afro, when I have braids or two-strand twists. Regardless,” said Wanzer, who lives in Washington, […]

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Have TSA Agents Searched Your Hair in Airport Security Lines? Tell Us.

March 15, 2019           |                                       

We want to know if airline passengers believe they have faced discrimination in hair pat-downs. In 2015, the Transportation Security Administration agreed to train airport security screeners in hair pat-downs, particularly of African-American women, and to monitor complaints about the pat-downs to assess any potential racial discrimination. This followed a complaint letter filed in 2014 […]

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Air travel, with its cramped seats, delays and long security lines, was already stressful before the government shutdown. It has only become worse for airline workers and travelers alike, as the Transportation Security Administration is hit by the partial government shutdown, now entering its second month. Employees are about to miss their second paycheck, and […]

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Number of No-Shows Jumps Among Airport Security Screeners

January 14, 2019           |                                       

ATLANTA—The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week. No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 percent compared with 3.2 percent on a comparable […]

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