ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) made an interesting remark this week on Capitol Hill about Alaska, the Transportation Security Administration and the kuspuk -- the loose, often colorful, traditional Alaska Native shirt.
She said during a Senate hearing that security screeners should be more culturally sensitive, and she brought up the kuspuk as an example. Murkowski said the TSA recently asked her to remove her kuspuk before a flight, because it was too bulky.
“It’s not a little bulky, you can pull it back and the bulk is gone,” she remarked to TSA Administrator John Pistole, who was testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.
Murkowski says she never got a good explanation from screeners about how they deal with cultural fashion differences, like the kuspuk.