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HUMILIATED: Isis Brantley was left in tears after officers stopped her at airport and checked for explosives in her hair

A WOMAN was left in tears after security at a US airport insisted on checking her afro in case she was concealing explosives.

Isis Brantley was stopped at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia after she had cleared security checks.

Brantley, a hairdresser from Dallas, Texas, claims she was traveling down an escalator when she heard someone shout, 'Hey you, hey you, ma'am, stop. Stop - the lady with the hair, you.’

She says that two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents told her she could not go any further until they checked her hair for explosives.

“And so she started patting my hair, and I was in tears at that point,” Miss Brantley told NBC News.

“And she was digging in my scalp,” she added.

Miss Brantely says she was left “humiliated” as the TSA staff patted her hair down right there instead of asking to return to a private area for screening.

After the pat-down, Brantley complained to a TSA supervisor at Hartsfield-Jackson who then apologised to her.

She explained: “She said, ‘Ma'am, please, I promise you, I'm going to take care of it. I'm so sorry that happened to you,’”

Miss Brantley, who has worn her hair naturally for 20 years and frequently travels across the U.S. to see clients, says she has never had her hair checked until Monday's (Sept 19) incident.

The TSA said in a statement: “Our screening procedures are designed to ensure the security of the traveling public,

“Additional screening may be required for clothing, headwear or hair where prohibited items could be hidden.

“This passenger left the checkpoint prior to the completion of the screening process. She was offered but refused private screening.”

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