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Yes it’s true. Negro Dead Head fake doo white hair is setting off the bomb alarms at airport screeners.


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 futuristic 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.

In a request to vendors last summer, the TSA asked for ideas “to improve screening of headwear and hair in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.” {snip}

Two officers interviewed by ProPublica said the machines’ alarms are frequently triggered by certain hairstyles.

“Ya’ll got a weave or a tight updo, that whitey hair ain’t yours and it sets off the alarms”