The Transportation Security Administration is investigating after singer Diana Ross alleged she was “violated” by agents at a New Orleans airport this weekend.
Ross was in town to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Saturday, May 4, and tweeted that she was “treated like royalty” in the Big Easy but “at the airport I was treated like s—.”
“Let me be clear, Not the [people] or Delta BUT TSA , was over the top !!” Ross tweeted Sunday, May 5. “Makes me want to cry !!!”
She went on to explain that an agent at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport made her feel defiled when they performed their check at security, which involved the female agent putting her hands between Ross’ legs.
“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 her job,) WOW!!” the “Upside Down” singer said. “really mixed emotions I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now.”
Speaking to ABC News Sunday, TSA said their initial review of the security footage captured at the airport shows the officers who conducted Ross’ screening “correctly followed all protocols.”
“TSA is committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and courtesy,” spokesperson Jenny Burke said in a statement emailed to the news organization. “TSA is aware of concerns presented by Diana Ross about her screening experience at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport this morning.
“We encourage Ms. Ross to reach out to TSA so we can further explain our procedures, designed to protect travelers from a persistent threat,” the memo added, noting the agency will continue to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, fans of Ross have been sympathizing with the Motown icon.