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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 airlines/tsa-agents-reportedly-say-body-scanners-may-single-out-black-women-because-of-their-hair.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>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 airlines/tsa-enhances-airport-pat-downs.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>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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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023



Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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