The Transportation Security Administration looks at & # 39; options for screening its & # 39; after it was reported that black women are likely to undergo more security measures at the airport due to the technology used.
TSA uses $ 150,000 machines from L3 Technologies to inspect bodies, but the & # 39; active millimeter wave radar technology & # 39; used to detect potential hazards would trigger an alarm if fireplaces are considered too thick.
It has been a problem for a long time, but the TSA is finally looking for a way not to pick out passengers with hair types who seem to discriminate against the machines.
& # 39; TSA is constantly reviewing procedures to improve safety and passenger experience and is considering additional options for screening its & # 39 ;, a spokesperson told ProPublica.
Transportation Security Administration examines & # 39; options for screening its & # 39;
Anonymous TSA officer said that scanner alerts more because black women have thicker hair
TSA uses $ 150,000 & # 39; active millimeter wave radio technology & # 39; machines from L3 Technologies to inspect bodies, but the alleged hair type can trigger an alarm. File image
They responded to a ProPublica report in which anonymous TSA officers admitted that they themselves are patents on women of color because of the thicker hair texture or the choice of hairstyle.
While 73 passengers would have claimed racial discrimination in hairpins in 2018, it had risen to 105 in 2017.
Their website says they are looking for & # 39; explosives and improvised explosives with device components & # 39; when they start to look through tresses up close.
& # 39; For black females, the scanner makes more alarm because they have thicker hair; often they have braids or dreadlocks, & # 39; a Texas TSA officer who works at an airport in Texas and has asked not to be mentioned. & # 39; Maybe they will redefine technology so that it can tell what a real threat is and what isn't. But for the time being we have to do officers what the machine cannot do. & # 39;
TSA even allows officers to decide at their own discretion on a hair inspection, regardless of whether an alarm is triggered or not, if a person's hair looks like it contains a prohibited item or is styled in such a way that an officer it can't visually clean up & # 39 ;.
TSA allows officers at their discretion to decide on a hair inspection, whether or not an alarm sounds, if a person's hair looks like it contains a prohibited item or is styled in such a way that an officer does not visually can clean up & # 39 ;. File image
But it seems that the pat-downs are probably not personal discrimination against the TSA officer, as 46,000 screenings at airports in the country are black, while 23 percent are Spanish, according to Office of Personnel Management.
The website advises passengers to wear a hairpiece, extensions or a wig, as well as a ponytail, a bun or braids that can cause an alarm during the security process.
The Government Accountability Office in 2014 also said that turbans would rather cause false alarms in the machines.
& # 39; It happens with my natural Afro, if I have braids or double wires. Anyway, & # 39; woman from Washington DC Dorian Wanzer told ProPublica. & # 39; At the moment in my life I have come to expect it, but that does not make it any less drastic and frustrating.
& # 39; If you find yourself in such a & # 39; n situation, you ask yourself: is this for safety or will I be profiled for my race? & # 39;
Pat-downs are probably not personal discrimination against the TSA officer, as 46,000 airport screeners are black, while 23 percent are Spanish, according to statistics. File image
In contrast to the first TSA officer, a senior TSA officer – who is white – told that the hair changes are published when there are indications that there is an object in the hair.
& # 39; I get a hair down every time I travel, & # 39; she added, adding that the TSA found no evidence of discrimination.
In March, ProPublica conducted a survey in which 90 percent of the people who participated were women, 311 were black, 313 were white and 96 were identified as Latino, Asian-American, Middle Eastern, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or mixed.
One of those respondents, the white woman Toni Moss – who said she travels by plane four times a month on average – claimed that her hair exams took place when the & # 39; short, bulky and naturally curled state & # 39; used to be.
She is never stopped when she has stretched her hair.
One respondent from the white survey supported the idea when she said she only allowed her searches to occur when the & # 39; short, bulky and naturally curly & # 39; is. File image