TSA behavior detection program allows ‘racial profiling’

The Transportation Security Administration’s behavior detection program allows for racial profiling at airport security, a key Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee is alleging.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole after reports that Mexican passengers were targeted by TSA at airports in Honolulu, Hawaii and Newark, N.J.

The officers, who Thompson said were part of TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) program, were engaging in racial profiling, the Mississippi lawmaker said.

The Hill
11/29/11