Dear Transportation Security Administration,
I love you.
You work hard to keep me safe while doing one of my favorite things ever: traveling. You never sleep. You take your job very seriously, and so do I. You sacrifice for my right to fly the friendly skies. I appreciate you and everything you do. I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me.
… it’s been brought to my attention that lately you have gotten in the habit of searching/patting down black women’s natural hair.
Come again. 😐
I get that our hair can be big, dense and bodacious. I get that our hair is still highly misunderstood by American culture. I get that it’s scary to some. I get that some of us could hide something pretty formidable in our twistout … I suppose. I get it. I get you. I understand.
… I recently dropped $115.00 USD on my hair for an upcoming trip to be in a friend’s wedding, and I need you, Transportation Security Administration, not to mess up my hair.
Please and I thank you.
Honestly I have no issue with you needing to do a hair search although I prefer you wouldn’t be up on me like that #personalSpaceViolation. It’s for safety reasons, and any place that could conceal an item of danger should be vetted. I get it (although I hear ya’ll have searched buns and twists and honestly I don’t get that but I digress…). I’ve even heard you’re testing out a new fast track situation that sounds promising. But friend, oh dear TSA agent person you, lovely defender of my aerial safety. I salute you!
Please don’t mess up my hair.
You can touch it, you can poke it, you can pat it, you can squeeze it, you can shake it, you can wand it, and you can X-ray it 17 times … but if I see ONE bobby pin out of place in that funded bun, there’s gonna be a photo of me on the news handcuffed with the headline “Natural Hair Blogger Arrested for Non-Compliance”.*
Listen, I won’t bring any water bottles within 10 miles of the airport for the rest of my life, all my lotions and potions will be under 1/2 oz., there won’t be any metal on my clothes (except the 4,000 bobby pins *heh*), my laptop will be out in its own tray before I even get near the checkpoint, I’ll leave my jacket, belt and jewelry in the car, won’t wear any jewelry, have my passport out with boarding pass and photo facing you, and I won’t even WEAR shoes, I might could even show up naked if it would help the process along … just please, please, pretty please with shea butter sprinkles on top…
… don’t. mess. up. my. hair.
*I kid, please don’t arrest me 😐 *
Postscript: If I see a non-black person with a big bushy beard or hairstyle that is not getting molested I will return from my trip and blog about you with vigor. Be advised. 😐
Disclosure: I paid for my hair style (pictured) with my own money. If I get groped by the TSA I will let ya’ll know. For more information about the Glamazini.com disclosure policy, click here.