Skip to main content

Tribal attorney: TSA agent 'snapped my braids like reins' at MSP Airport

Tara Houska says she was humiliated by the encounter.

One of the country's leading tribal advocates says she was left "humiliated" by an experience with a TSA agent at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Tara Houska says she was going through security at the Twin Cities airport when a TSA agent said she needed pat down Houska's braids.

"She pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed & said 'giddyup!' as she snapped my braids like reins," Houska tweeted on Monday.

"My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your 'fun' hurt."

Houska is a D.C.-based tribal attorney who is also the national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, and has previously advised Sen. Bernie Sanders on tribal affairs.

She tweeted that she expressed her unhappiness over the agent's actions.

MSP Airport has since reached out to Houska, apologizing for the experience she went through, and has said it's willing to file a formal complaint to the TSA on her behalf.

The TSA meanwhile has said it's aware of the allegations and is trying to determine when and where the incident occurred so it can investigate.

"We regret to hear that you had a bad experience at the the security checkpoint," TSA said in a tweet to Houska, asking her to get in touch so it can gather more details.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

TrespassingSewageSystemAnokaCo

11 'urban explorers' face charges after being found in Fridley sewer system

A 911 caller reported seeing a group removing a manhole cover Monday night.

image

Man killed by St. Paul police ID'd by family, community demands answers

The man was identified as 24-year-old Howard Johnson.

Screen Shot 2022-12-07 at 7.38.02 AM

Quick shot of snow to impact morning commute in Twin Cities

Snow is moving into the metro Wednesday morning.

ambulance

Body found in burned out car near Bird Island identified as local farmer

The deceased is a 59-year-old man from rural Bird Island.

Screen Shot 2022-12-06 at 2.47.44 PM

Minneapolis' Khâluna named in Eater's 2022 'Best New Restaurants'

The restaurant, opened in 2021, is known for its Laotian cuisine.

ambulance, crash

3 pedestrians struck by drivers Monday in Minnesota; 2 dead

The victims involved a 39-year-old man and two 74-year-old men.

snow, plow

Shifting storm tracks: Significant storms Friday, next week?

Sven Sundgaard has the details on an interesting forecast.

Life Link

Worker suffers serious injury in rooftop fall in rural Minnesota

The man only fell a few feet, but suffered a serious leg injury.

Walz, Flanagan

Minnesota reports massive projected budget surplus of $17.6 billion

The huge surplus comes as the DFL prepares to assume a trifecta of the Legislature and the Governor's House.

Related

airport security

TSA apologizes after MSP agent pulls on Native American woman's braids

The humiliating incident at the Twin Cities airport caused uproar.

airport security

Longtime TSA worker at MSP Airport dies after contracting COVID-19

Gerald Girard worked for nearly 13 years at the airport.

airport security

MSP Airport will require face masks be worn in public spaces

Airlines already require travelers wear masks on planes.

Deal struck to re-open security checkpoint at MSP Airport hotel

The organization that runs MSP Airport has agreed to temporarily pay for the checkpoint to stay open.