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'Queer Eye' Star Tan France Calls Out TSA for Racially Profiling & Humiliating Him, Agency Responds

Monday Dec 17, 2018
"Queer Eye" star Tan France
"Queer Eye" star Tan France  (Source:Instagram / @tanfrance)

The Transportation Security Administration is responding to claims of racial profiling and humiliating "Queer Eye" star Tan France.

France, who is Pakistani, took to Twitter to call out the TSA on Dec. 12.

"I've been put through extra security checks 3 times this week, and was just told by a TSA agent it's because my name is on a list," the Netflix show's style guru tweeted. "WTF? I'm brown but that does NOT mean I'm a damn security risk!!!"


The Daily Mail reports France also ranted on his Instagram Story.

"I've just gone through security at the airport, it took me over two hours. And this is now the third time this week," he reportedly said. "What happens is when you're checking in, they tell you that you can't use your pre-check because there's a security issue. At that point, they take you out of line, and then they search you, and they give you a pat down—which is humiliating—where they check everything."

France also said the TSA marked his ticket with a stamp that was unfamiliar to ticketing agents, resulting him in not being able to board the plane.

Though he did eventually make it on his flight, he said he wanted to share his experience so he "can tag TSA and hopefully they'll see this at some point and figure out why the fuck they're treating me like this."

France got his wish. The TSA Twitter account responded to the reality star.

"We're sorry to hear this. DHS TRIP can provide resolution to travelers with difficulties getting through security and inspection at airport checkpoints," the agency tweeted to France.


The TSA also gave a statement to E! News about the incident.

"All airline passengers, regardless of race, gender, or religion, are thoroughly screened at airport screening checkpoints," the TSA said. "TSA cannot comment on the security designation for specific individuals, and there are a number of reasons a passenger can be selected for additional screening, including by random designation."

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