Diana Ross Felt 'Violated' after Encounter with TSA at NOLA Airport

Jaimie-lee Prince
May 06, 2019
12:35 P.M.
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Diana Ross took to Twitter to complain about a search from a TSA officer, saying it was "not what was done but how." The legendary singer received a response soon after.


Ross, 75, performed at the New Orleans Jazz  & Heritage Festival for a large crowd on Saturday. She shared her experience on social media and described her night as "incredible." 

From feeling inflated to feeling invaded

Mere hours later, things took a 180-degree turn for the singer as she passed through security at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Ross shared her horrible experience on the social media platform as well. 


She began her brief tirade: "Ok so, on one hand, I'm treated like royalty in New Orleans and at the airport I was treated like [expletive]." In another tweet, she further explained that she was not referring to the people or Delta. 


Ross detailed her encounter

She was talking about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer, who she said left her "feeling violated." The "Endless Love" singer wrote: 

"I still feel her hands between my legs, front and back (saying to me it [is] her job), WOW!! really mixed emotion. I always like to see the good thing but not feeling good right now." 

After some more hours passed, Ross tweeted that she was "feeling better, [and] it took a minute." Of course, her fans flocked to support her in the comments.


TSA responded promptly

The TSA did respond to Ross' description of her experience. In a statement to People magazine, the company said that upon review, the female officer in question "correctly followed all protocols." 

They further stated

"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." 


The company said they would "continue to investigate the matter further" and encouraged Ross to "reach out" to them to discuss her concerns. However, Ross promptly followed the statement using one of her classic hits. 

She shared a video in which she sang "Stop! In the Name of Love" at the weekend festival. The throwback also reminds us of a similar incident that took place in the late '90s. 

The first time it happened

Again, the singer encountered an officer whose way of searching and patting her down did not sit well with Ross. At the time, Ross reacted by asking the guard how she would feel and then touching her. 


The move landed Ross in detention for four hours, but she was not charged. Ross described the pat-down similarly, saying the woman "went all around [her] body and up and down [her] legs."

Love of family

Luckily, the singer has support not only from her fans but also from her large family. Ross has five children who were all present in February for a Grammy tribute for her birthday.


Ross' own nine-year-old grandson, Raif Henok Emmanuel Kendrick, gave an adorable speech at the event. Kendrick's mother is Ross' eldest daughter, Rhonda Suzanna Silberstein. 

After his introduction, Ross went on to perform "Best Years of My Life" and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)," two of her biggest hits.  As seen above, the "family affair" was subsequently shared on Instagram by her famous daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross.