TSA Aims to End Racial Profiling, Turns to More Effective System

airport-security-shoes1If you’re one of those people that knows to get to the airport 4 hours before your flight because you’ve been declared “suspicious” more times than you’d like to admit, your luck may have changed.

The Transport Security Administration (TSA)  announced that it will no longer be profiling people based on what they look like and what country they’re from. Instead, they are switching to a more effective system that would screen travelers who match the physical description, partial name, or travel pattern of a terrorist suspect.

“So it’s much more tailored to what the intel is telling us, what the threat is telling us, as opposed to stopping all individuals of a particular nationality or all individuals using a particular passport,” said a senior administration official who chose to remain anonymous.

It was agreed that using intelligence information instead of random selection of people that come from the 14 countries who have been identified as state sponsors of terror is more effective for determining who is and who isn’t a threat to public safety.

(Via Security Director News)

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  • Ray Sharradh

    The only “racial profiling” to this story is your presumption that because the TSA formerly required increased scrutiny of persons from a certain 14 countries that those 14 countries must be 100% racially homogenous. Take another look at the pictures and nationalities of the 9/11 hijackers if you have any questions as to the efficacy of targeting increased security scrutiny by nationality. It’s only increased scrutiny, it’s not a denial of travel. Required increased scrutiny of persons from Saudi Arabia is no more racist than if another country were to required increased scrutiny of persons holding a US passport – it could only be considered racist if the US were racially homogenous, which it is NOT.

  • Ray Sharradh

    The only “racial profiling” to this story is your presumption that because the TSA formerly required increased scrutiny of persons from a certain 14 countries that those 14 countries must be 100% racially homogenous. Take another look at the pictures and nationalities of the 9/11 hijackers if you have any questions as to the efficacy of targeting increased security scrutiny by nationality. It's only increased scrutiny, it's not a denial of travel. Required increased scrutiny of persons from Saudi Arabia is no more racist than if another country were to required increased scrutiny of persons holding a US passport – it could only be considered racist if the US were racially homogenous, which it is NOT.