Isis Brantley was stopped by TSA in the Atlanta Airport while going through security on her way to an American Airlines flight to Dallas. Isis, a hairstylist, was rocking her signature haircut. Brantley became angry at the TSA after agents when they began searching her hair for a bomb.
“I just heard these voices saying, ‘Hey you, hey you, ma’am, stop. Stop — the lady with the hair, you,” Brantley told the Dallas KXAS radio station. She then claims that TSA agents stopped her so they could “check for weapons.” A female agent started “digging in her scalp.”
Brantley, it should be noted, has not cut her hair since she was 12 (she is now 53).
Last week, when she told the press that the TSA at Atlanta’s Airport stopped her to search in her Afro for bombs and she said, “Why would I hide a bomb in my afro?”
The TSA released a statement to the news station saying, “Additional screening may be required for clothing, headwear or hair where prohibited items could be hidden. This passenger left the checkpoint prior to the completion of the screening process. She was offered but refused private screening.”
But Brantley says that “they have never done that to me before.” A TSA agent apologized to her regardless.