A prominent voluntary sector figure has spoken out after having her hair searched at London Stansted Airport.
Ruth Ibegbuna, director of the Roots Programme and a keynote speaker at this year's National Council for Voluntary Organisations annual conference, was departing for a holiday in Tuscany on Thursday when she passed security.
Oh man. ????— Ruth Ibegbuna (@MsIbegbuna) June 6, 2019
Just pulled to one side by security at Stansted Airport who then checked through my HAIR!!!!
I can’t cope watching white women with thick long hair sauntering past and staring at me.
An Asian woman in a hijab just gave me a sympathetic nod.... pic.twitter.com/AXZv2HNTOd
The following day Ibegbuna, who founded Reclaim, a youth leadership and social change organisation, and the Roots Programme, which connects people from different backgrounds, tweeted an update.
Hi all— Ruth Ibegbuna (@MsIbegbuna) June 7, 2019
Thanks for all the concern over the airport hair search nonsense.
Stansted have been in touch with me and we’re talking/sorting out
Appreciated the Twitter support.
Will now continue with my lovely holiday in Italy! x
A spokesman for Stansted Airport told Third Sector: "We have been in contact with Ruth and asked if she can provide more details so the claims can be fully investigated.
"She has confirmed she will get back in touch in the next day with the information. Once received we can look into the exact circumstance of her search."