Singer Diana Ross said she felt “violated” after being searched between her legs by an agent with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the New Orleans airport.
Ross, a Motown superstar, was in New Orleans over the weekend for the Jazz & Heritage Festival. In a series of Twitter messages, she wrote of the incident. She said the search was “over the top!! Makes me want to cry!!!”
Ross said she was “feeling violated” and went on, “I still feel her hands between my legs, front and back.”
TSA spokesman Mark Howell said in an emailed statement that the incident is being investigated by the agency. An initial video review, TSA said, shows that the “officers involved with Ms. Ross’s screening correctly followed all protocols.”
TSA officials also said that the agency is committed to treating all travelers with respect and courtesy.
Later, Ross wrote on Twitter that she was feeling better.