(NECN/CNN: Jeanne Moos, New York, NY) – An airport security incident is raising hair, after a Texas woman's hair proved to be too big for passenger screeners.
Isis Brantley was trying to fly out of Atlanta, GA with her hair in the upright position. She wasn’t prepared for the turbulence it caused.
“I saw these people running talking about, ‘Hey lady! Stop! Stop! You! You, with the big hair!’” Brantley said.
Brantley is a Dallas, TX hairdresser who counts singer Erykah Badu among her clients and specializes in natural hair. So naturally, she's been growing hers for 20 years.
“I said, ‘What's the problem?’ and he said, ‘Um, we have to check your hair for explosives.’ I said, ‘You're kidding me.’” Brantley said.
She had already been through security, but when TSA agents said submit to a hair search or miss your flight, Isis submitted.
“She started digging around in my hair, several times, just touching it and digging and I said ‘Find the explosives? Do you see any?’” Brantley said.
Most people don't like their hair being touched by strangers.
Isis got so upset, she cried.
“This is humiliating and embarrassing. “
Was Dolly Parton hiding something in her hair? Or was Cher hiding something in her hair?
"Weapons? Explosives? I can't even hide my ears under my hair." Brantley said.
The TSA says this passenger left the checkpoint prior to the completion of the screening process and was offered, but refused, private screening.
“That's fabricated. “ Brantley said.
Aevin Dugas' big-as-a-disco ball hair is in the Guinness Book for largest natural afro in the world. It's not clear whether her hair has ever been searched at the airport. But we do know she says it makes for the perfect pillow. Great for those long-distance flights.