Charity leader Ibegbuna hits out at hair search at Stansted Airport

Ruth Ibegbuna, director of the Roots Programme, was flying from London Stansted Airport when security staff conducted the search

Ruth Ibegbuna
Ruth Ibegbuna

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. 


Ibegbuna's post has been retweeted 87 times and has generated more than 60 comments, many of them sympathetic and questioning whether she should have been subjected to a hair search.

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.

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."

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