Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Blog
Complaints of racial profiling at Logan International Airport have revealed that Boston might not be the model of Transport Security Administration practices after all. Even more surprisingly, the complaints came from over 30 federal officers within the TSA itself.
The officers, as part of the “behavior detection” program at Logan, expressed concern that TSA workers at the Boston airport tend to target passengers that fit a certain racial profile. Arab American and Middle Eastern travelers are often singled out, as are Hispanics, African Americans and other minorities. The complaints mentioned that pressure from superiors to make more stops has led TSA employees to commit racial profiling under the belief that certain racial and ethnic groups have a higher rate of drug, immigration and security violations.
The TSA has announced that it will be launching an investigation into the allegations, but the complaints are particularly embarrassing for both the TSA and the Obama Administration, who have hailed the TSA at Logan International Airport as a model for the rest of the nation.
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