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Diana Ross: “I Was Treated Like S***” by the TSA

Diana Ross: “I Was Treated Like S***” by the TSA
Jennifer Billock

Regular air travel passengers like you and me aren’t the only ones facing TSA searches that go a bit too far—Diana Ross recently went through the airport in New Orleans and said that she felt violated after what she considered to be an inappropriate search that was just a bit too personal to be comfortable.

Musician Diana Ross recently took to Twitter to call out about a Transportation Security Administration search that went too far. The incident occurred at New Orleans’ international airport, where she said a female TSA agent went too far and took the search “over-the-top.”

“I still feel her hands between my legs, front and back (saying to me it her job) [sic],” Ross tweeted.

The TSA responded to Ross’s complaints with a statement, reported by TMZ: “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. Initial review of CCTV 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.”

This isn’t the first time a celebrity has felt violated by a TSA agent; Angela Rye, Ben Affleck, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West have all complained about similar treatment.

Have you ever had a TSA pat down that went a bit too far? Join the conversation in the FlyerTalk forums.


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  1. sfoeuroflyer

    May 9, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Diva. I guess TSA did not bow and scrape and escort her highness to the plane as she wanted. Keep in mind that she must have an attitude problem as she got into a hissy fit in London when passing security.

  2. Dhamal

    May 9, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Welcome to the Real World Ms Ross.. we go through this every day.. no special status for Celebrities.. sorry..

  3. Flight44

    May 9, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Welcome to the club. The term “Thousands Standing Around” wasn’t coined for nothing. Not to mention how often they fail tests of security. It would be funny if not so frightening how awful and expensive non-security is.

  4. mvoight

    May 9, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Either TSA is going to search for weapons or it isn’t.
    If it is going to search, than a full pat down SHOULD feel like you are touched on ALL parts

  5. JimInOhio

    May 9, 2019 at 10:27 am

    If she doesn’t like it then she can bring her own plane next time.

  6. JimInOhio

    May 9, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Also… rather ironic we see her daughter shilling United’s credit card on every one of their planes that has a seatback screen.

  7. glob99

    May 9, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Next time get Tyler Perry to loan you his private jet!

  8. OZFLYER86

    May 9, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    another has been, who was a celeb for 5 mins 50 years ago

  9. alexmyboy

    May 10, 2019 at 6:00 am

    if she was white, would the responses here be more sympathetic?

  10. Snuggs

    May 10, 2019 at 6:03 am

    “Musician Diana Ross recently took to Twitter to call out about a Transportation Security Administration search that went too far..”

    Did someone make that determination or simply the musing of another blogger sacrificing facts for a job where they don’t need to get dressed every day?

  11. jpzeller

    May 10, 2019 at 6:24 am

    sfoeuroflyer, you beat me to it. I was at LHR at the time, and the report was that she was forcibly removed from a Concorde flight, hissy-fit and all.

  12. AanneSFO

    May 10, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Keep it classy, Ms. Ross. Better to claim that you were treated without R-E-S-P-E-C-T. (One doubts that you were actually flushed down a toilet.)

  13. CEB

    May 10, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Prima Donna with an attitude. Been behaving as such for many, many years!

  14. Sabai

    May 10, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Wasn’t one of her songs “Touch Me In The Morning?”

  15. drphun

    May 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

    That is celebrities for you. They think they have been abused if their rear end wasn’t kissed.

  16. pirocaman

    May 10, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I quite enjoy a proper pat down. So hard to find these days.

  17. TheVig

    May 11, 2019 at 4:48 am

    It’s a known fact that she is a pain in the arse airline customer. There are documented cases of her issues and air travel going all the way back to the 1970’s. I’m not saying she was or wasn’t treated wrong. However, it’s always something with her air travels.

  18. theboss7593

    May 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    it’s not like the woman wants to touch you… get over it…

  19. pdsales

    May 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    “Touch Me in the Morning” Diana Ross – YouTube

  20. hedoman

    May 18, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Karma, baby. Hard to imagine she hasn’t pissed on so many people over the years.

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