Skip to Content

UPDATE: TSA apologizes to traveler over treatment at MN airport

UPDATE: An official of the Transportation Security Administration has apologized to a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Indigenous rights activist and attorney Tara Houska says she was headed home to Bemidji Monday when a TSA agent said she needed to pat down her long braids and then pulled them behind her shoulders and said "giddyup" as she snapped them like reins of a horse.

Houska, who is Objibwe, says she thinks TSA needs to improve its sensitivity training.

TSA officials investigated, and a TSA official apologized to Houska.


ORIGINAL STORY:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration says it's investigating a report by a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Indigenous rights activist and attorney Tara Houska says she was headed home to Bemidji Monday when a TSA agent said she needed to pat down her long braids and then pulled them behind her shoulders and said "giddyup" as she snapped them like reins of a horse.

Houska, who is Objibwe, says she doesn't want the agent fired, but thinks TSA needs to improve its sensitivity training.

The TSA said it's reviewing security video from the checkpoint and will "take appropriate action should an investigation substantiate the traveler's allegation."

Associated Press

Skip to content