Homeland Security Says Probe Finds No Racial Profiling at Boston Airport


A year after allegations of widespread racial profiling at Boston’s Logan International Airport sparked a federal investigation, the Department of Homeland Security says there is no indication that Transportation Security Administration officers targeted minorities for additional screening to meet quotas, the Boston Globe reports. The investigation focused on the behavior detection program, which refers suspicious passengers for additional screening based on body language, responses to questions, and unusual actions like wearing a heavy coat in the summer.

Of 84 behavior detection officers and managers at Logan interviewed by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, only one recounted a specific instance of racial profiling. Investigators also talked to passengers of color at Logan who had been selected for additional inspections, none of whom alleged that they were targeted because of their race. In addition, The allegations of racial profiling emerged last summer when eight TSA officers went to the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts to express concerns about colleagues seeking out minorities during security checks. More than 30 officers filed internal complaints about the practice.

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