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TSA Apologizes After Native American Traveler Says She Was Humiliated At MSP .

TSA Apologizes After  Native American Traveler Says She Was Humiliated At MSP .

TSA Apologizes After  Native American Traveler Says She Was Humiliated At MSP .


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has apologized Tuesday to a Native American air traveler who was recently “humiliated” by  a middle-aged blonde officer ,grabbed her braids and shouted: "Giddyup.”.while passing through a security screening at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).

Tara Houska, Indigenous rights activist and attorney and member of the Ojibwe tribe, said that an officer at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport “snapped” her braids and humiliated her while she was trying to get through airport security.

Houska wrote on Twitter: “Going through @TSA at @MSPairport, the officer said she needed to pat down my braids. She pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed & said ‘giddyup!’ as she snapped my braids like reins. My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your ‘fun’ hurt.”

She added, “When I informed the middle-aged blonde woman who had casually used her authority to dehumanize and disrespect me, she said, ‘Well it was just in fun, I’m sorry. Your hair is lovely.’ That is NOT an apology and it is NOT okay.”

In a statement, the agency said TSA officials investigated the incident, and on Tuesday afternoon TSA's Federal Security Director for Minnesota Cliff Van Leuven spoke with Houska and apologized for the officer's actions and comment.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest standards of professional conduct and any type of improper behavior is taken seriously," the statement said.

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