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Trevor Noah, the afro comb and airport security: Here’s what really happened

Trevor Noah


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  • Trevor Noah shared what really happened when airport security in Mexico confiscated his afro comb.
  • During a recent interview, Noah explained because of the language barrier and “the action of combing” looking more like “a stabbing motion,” they then decided that the comb was not allowed on the flight.
  • Elsewhere during his appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Noah joked that leaving The Daily Show is “the worst mistake I ever made”.

Trevor Noah shared what really happened when airport security in Mexico confiscated his afro comb.

The South African comedian spent last weekend in Mexico ahead of his hosting gig at this weekend’s Grammys in Los Angeles. Taking to Instagram Stories on Monday, Noah revealed that he was stopped by airport security, who then confiscated his afro comb.

According to Noah’s post: “They said they don’t know what it is.”

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, Noah revealed what actually happened and why. 

“I went to Mexico City for the weekend, one of the most beautiful places,” he tells Corden and fellow guest Shania Twain.

“When I was leaving – their airport security is really serious, they check everything – they pulled my afro comb out of the bag, and they were like, ‘What is this?'”

Noah continues to explain that because of the language barrier and “the action of combing” looking more like “a stabbing motion,” they then decided it was not allowed on the flight. 

“They took the comb. I’ve been struggling; it was one of my favourite combs. I still love Mexico and Mexico City, but that was a new experience for me. I’ve had many things confiscated in many airports but never a comb.”

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Elsewhere in the late show appearance, Noah joked that leaving The Daily Show is “the worst mistake I ever made”.

He later clarified: “You’ll miss everything that this [hosting the show] was, but then you’ll start to enjoy everything that the new journey becomes.”

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