Diana Ross says she feels ‘violated’ after a full body pat-down at an airport in New Orleans. Ross was in New Orleans for a performance.
Ross was in New Orleans, Louisiana for a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday, and was flying out on Sunday when the incident happened. She was at the airport when she got pulled aside for a check by a female Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer.
Ross tweeted, “OK so on one hand I’m treated like royalty in New Orleans and at the airport I was treated like s**t.” Ross said she was almost reduced tears by the “over the top” actions of the TSA agent, writing, “Makes me want to cry !!! Its not what was done but how , I am feeling violated – I still feel her hands between my legs , front and back ( saying to me it her job,) WOW!!really mixed emotions I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now.”
Ross eventually managed to pull herself together after a few hours. She assured fans she was “feeling better” alongside a clip of her performance.
Ross also called out TSA officials in 2018 after agents pulled her luggage aside for a security search. She tweeted at the time, “I can’t say that I like it when strangers go through my personal luggage at the airports and then they NEVER put my things back the way I packed them. It feels like a violation. And I know I can’t do anything about it! OUCHES!!!!”
She later tweeted, “And I’m thankful for being able to fly in these magnificent airplanes, and I’m thankful for the pilots and the crews, and I’m thankful for all the security that is in place for us. I put my complaints behind and I stay grateful and appreciative for each day.”
The TSA has not yet addressed Ross’ comments.