TSA to Conduct Training on Why Racial Profiling is Not Effective


Transportation Security Administration officers in a behavioral detection program to spot terrorists at airports have been ordered to undergo special training after officers in Boston were accused of racially profiling passengers, the New York Times reports. All officers at Boston Logan International Airport, where profiling is said to have happened, and managers of similar programs around the U.S. must attend a four-hour class on why racial profiling is not acceptable and is not an effective way to find terrorists.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department said the class would include “a discussion on how terrorists in the United States do not match any racial or ethnic stereotype.” Officers from more than 100 airports must take an online “refresher course to reinforce that racial/ethnic profiling will not be tolerated.” The announcement came five days after the Times reported that the TSA was investigating claims that the behavioral detection program at Logan airport involved racial profiling of minorities in an effort to generate arrests to show the program was producing results.

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