Diana Ross Says She Felt ‘Violated’ by TSA Agent

Diana Ross at the 2014 American Music Awards - Arrivals at the Nokia Theater on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. (Credit: Jean Nelson/Deposit Photos)

Diana Ross says she was treated so badly by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that she wanted to cry.

The music legend took to Twitter Sunday morning to say she was subjected to an aggressive pat-down by security screeners at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

The singer traveled to The Big Easy to perform at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She said the city treated her like “royalty,” but airport security did not.

“OK so on one hand I’m treated like royalty in New Orleans and at the airport I was treated like sh-t,” she tweeted.

Minutes later, she followed it up with a post saying: “Let me be clear, Not the peiple [sic] or Delta BUT TSA, was over the top!! Makes me want to cry!!!”

She added: “Its not what was done but how, I am feeling violated – I still feel her hands between my legs , front and back ( saying to me it [was] her job. WOW!! really mixed emotions I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now.”

TSA released a statement addressing the singer’s claims.

“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 statement said.

“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.”

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