Singer Solange Knowles took to Twitter on Wednesday after TSA security guards at a Miami airport demanded to search her afro.
Solange, Beyoncé Knowles’ younger sister, expressed some disappointment but quickly pivoted to poking fun at the TSA to her 1.3 million Twitter followers.
“I kid you not. This just happened to me,” Knowles tweeted along with a link to a story about a Dallas woman who claimed “she was humiliated at an airport when TSA agents patted down her” afro.
“Discrim-FRO-nation. My hair is not a storage drawer,” Knowles went on to say.
It appears the TSA afro pat downs is a fairly recent change or at least men and women who wear their hair naturally didn’t make news headlines until last year. The political news site TheHill.com covered the issue in July 2011 with the New York Times following the story a month later.
Take a look at Solange Knowles tweets below that inspired my rendering of events in the image at the top. (That is not an actual picture of Solange getting her afro pat down, it’s a combination of three images photoshopped together to illustrate the afro pat down.)