*sigh* We’ve heard about women getting their afros frisked in the name of national security. It happened in Atlanta. It happened in Seattle. Honestly after hearing these stories I have made sure never to wear a fro, twist- or braid-out when flying. I normally wear 2ST or braids either tucked under a cute knit cap or pinned in a cute up-do.
But after reading the following story are any natural texture styles “safe” from scrutiny or attracting suspicion?
A woman was caught trying to smuggle 1.5 kilograms of cocaine in her dreadlocks on a flight to Bangkok, it was reported today. South African Nobanda Nolubabalo, 23, was arrested and held in Thailand’s capital yesterday after customs officers allegedly noticed a suspicious white substance in her hair. Officials later carried out a search and discovered she had allegedly matted the Class A drug into her dreadlocks before boarding a flight from Brazil.
*double sigh* If you watch the video you will see that the women hid long tubular packages of drugs within her yarn locs. Say what? Yes. I was just wearing this style in my hair and actually was on the fence on whether or not to take them down before I had to travel out of town. If I had not taken them down on Sunday I would have surely taken them down today after reading that article.
Granted the above story happened in Thailand not in the United States, but the fro smooshings happened on domestic flights here within the contiguous 48. Maybe I am just being paranoid. They say if you have not done something wrong then you have nothing to worry about. I used to think that too. That was until I was pulled over just a few miles from my home by the police repeatedly due to racial profiling. Each time I was asked to show my license, registration and proof of insurance. Questioned about where I was going and where I was coming from. I was never cited nor warned, simply just harassed. And while I was not harmed or abused in anyway it hurt to think that something like this could happen in my “good neighborhood” where I have lived for 7+ years. I felt embarrassed, violated and unwelcome. I can only imagine what the women felt like being singled-out and publicly groped in the name of national security.
On my trip this weekend I am not sure how I will wear my hair. I thought about applying gloppy handfuls of KCCC before leaving and making the agent who searches me run their fingers through the ooze, but I don’t want to waste the product or have to wear a showercap publicly to contain the juices. Or maybe wear a matted, tangled fro that would “bite back” during a search, but then I would just look plain crazy. So while I pack my bags according to government regulations and prepare myself for my upcoming trip, the fact that I have to also select a hairstyle that will not draw undo attention from TSA just doesn’t feel right.