TSA Apologizes After Agent Snaps Native Woman's Braids And Says 'Giddy Up!'

'My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your 'fun' hurt,' tweeted Ojibwe Tara Houska after the incident in Minnesota.

18.1.2020

Native American passenger Tara Houska accepts the TSA's apology for her treatment at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. She asks for staff education and empathy.

'My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your 'fun' hurt,' tweeted Ojibwe Tara Houska after the incident in Minnesota.

weekly climate change protest in Washington, D.C. “I was really offended,” Houska told the Star Tribune. I asked her if she was done with my hair, and she was still laughing . I went to pick up my bags and she was still laughing.” Houska tweeted that when she confronted the “middle-aged blonde woman who had casually used her authority to dehumanize and disrespect me,” she said it was “ just in fun .” Houska did not object to the pat-down of her braids, which happens frequently when she travels. “My issue is with her acting like I am a horse . I am a woman,” she told the Star Tribune. The TSA said in a statement Tuesday that the incident was investigated and the agency’s Federal Security Director for Minnesota Cliff Van Leuven apologized to Houska for the agent’s “insensitive” 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 added. “Did it actually happen? Yes. Exactly as described? Yes,” Van Leuven told TSA employees in an email obtained by NBC affiliate KARE-TV. “I apologized for how she was treated during the screening of her braids. We had a very pleasant conversation. She reiterated that she doesn’t want the officer to get in trouble, but she is hoping we’ll take the chance to continue to educate our staff about the many Native American Tribes/Bands in our state and region to better understand their culture.” He added: “We’ll learn from this.” Houska also said she hoped the staff would learn from the situation. “Good resolution from a bad situation,” she tweeted after the apology. “We need more education & empathy for one another.” Houska told The Washington Post that the TSA invited her to speak to agents or help create a sensitivity training video on indigenous issues. She said she would accept the TSA’s offer . She noted in a tweet Thursday: “I really, really hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else moving forward.” Miigwech for uplifting this Read more: HuffPostWomen

Native American Woman Calls Out TSA Agent for Pulling On Her Braids and Saying ‘Giddyup’'My hair is part of my spirit...Your 'fun' hurt,' Tara Houska tweeted after the incident It's the age of outrage. 😂 People are so crazy! Who thinks of doing that? That's so messed up. This is blatant racism. Most TSA Agents are bullies behind a badge and it must stop. As the mother of a Native child and the wife of a Native man, this story disgusts me. I am saddened for the woman who had to endure this agent's unacceptable behavior.

Minnesota TSA agent snapped Native American woman's braids, said 'giddyup!'A TSA agent whipped the braids of a Native American woman and yelled 'Giddyup' during a security check at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to the woman and the federal TSA. What does giddyup mean? This is almost funny. Sorry “He WaS JusT DoIng HiS JoB aNd KeePIng AmErIcanS SaFe”

TSA detained record number of firearms at US airports in 2019More guns were found and detained from passengers or in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints across the United States in 2019 than recorded in agency history, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Nobody said gun nuts were intelligent. Security has been at its Best since we came to office. But the 2nd Amendment...

Can TSA search your hair? Yes, but not grab your braids and say 'Giddyup!'Native American activist Tara Houska underwent a hair search at the airport Monday during which the agent pulled her braids behind her shoulders and said “giddyup.” Oh my hurt feelings! Those agents should be fired immediately. Shame on them !! I wish they would search my hair instead of between my legs. It's ludicrous.

Native American Woman Calls Out TSA Agent for Pulling On Her Braids and Saying ‘Giddyup’'My hair is part of my spirit...Your 'fun' hurt,' Tara Houska tweeted after the incident It's the age of outrage. 😂 People are so crazy! Who thinks of doing that? That's so messed up. This is blatant racism. Most TSA Agents are bullies behind a badge and it must stop. As the mother of a Native child and the wife of a Native man, this story disgusts me. I am saddened for the woman who had to endure this agent's unacceptable behavior.

Minnesota TSA agent snapped Native American woman's braids, said 'giddyup!'A TSA agent whipped the braids of a Native American woman and yelled 'Giddyup' during a security check at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to the woman and the federal TSA. What does giddyup mean? This is almost funny. Sorry “He WaS JusT DoIng HiS JoB aNd KeePIng AmErIcanS SaFe”



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