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TSA Pat Down Made Diana Ross Feel Violated



The Transportation Security Administration has a long history of complaints when it comes to pat-downs, especially for women of color. They now have another – albeit famous – one to add to the list.

Singer Diana Ross went through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Sunday morning after being well-treated by the city during her Jazz and Heritage Festival performance.

However, when she went through security, Ross said she was treated like “shit” and that the TSA pat-down upset her so much. She claimed that the agent “was over the top” making her want to cry.

“It’s not what was done but how,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am feeling violated — I still feel her hands between my legs, front and back (saying to me ‘it [is] her job’).”

“WOW!! Really mixed emotions,” she added. “I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now.”

Hours later, the soul singer said she was feeling better.

A TSA spokesperson told the New Orleans Advocate, “TSA is committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and courtesy. TSA is aware of concerns presented by Diana Ross about her screening experience at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport this morning.”

They also reviewed the CCTV footage and said that it “indicates that the officers involved with Ms. Ross’s screening correctly followed all protocols, however, TSA leadership will continue to investigate the matter further. We encourage Ms. Ross to reach out to TSA so we can work with her directly to address her concerns.”

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