Racial Profiling: U.S. Airport Security

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Racial Profiling: U.S. Airport Security

  1. 1. Racial Profiling: Airport Security Maridel Miciano
  2. 2. Definition: Racial Profiling  The use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offence. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  3. 3. Purpose  Spot potential terrorists  Yield drugs, outstanding arrest warrants or immigration problems
  4. 4. Advantages  Uncover potential terrorists before they board plane
  5. 5. Disadvantages  Discriminatory  Ineffective way to identify someone intent of doing harm  Targets specific ethnicities: Middle Easterners, Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities  Singles out passengers based on nationality, race, ethnicity or religion. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  6. 6. Types of people who are being targeted:  Middle Easterners, Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities  Those who wear baseball caps backwards are considered “suspicious”  “If they are black and have expensive clothes or jewelry, or if they are Hispanic,” said a white officer who spoke with the NY times. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  7. 7. What happens? QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.  Pat down  X-ray scans  Questioned  Random search  Assessors look for: inconsistency with answers, unusual behavior, avoiding eye contact, sweating, fidgeting QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  8. 8. Intentions genuine or for national security purposes?  Racial profiling is used for national security purposes - now a days the intentions of racial profiling in American airports seem to be insincere.
  9. 9. True Story Azheem Khan: “I went to Puerto Rico last weekend to celebrate a bachelor party for a friend of mine. On my way to the airport I joked with my friend that I was going to be picked for a random search because that's what happens to you when you have a Muslim name like I do. As I went through security, making sure to take all of the items out of my pocket to go through the scanner, I decided I had gotten it all into those ugly plastic bins. The official running the bags through the machine commented on my Yankees hat because he is a fan himself. I was feeling like maybe I was going to get lucky today, and not be searched just because I'm brown. After he told me to have a nice day I walked through the metal detector. It began to beep. I started to think to myself "here we go again." So I asked the TSA official in front of me if my glasses had set off the machine. He replied, "No, this is a random search."
  10. 10. Racial Profiling shall continue?  No, specific ethnicities are being singled out.  Minorities make up an overwhelming number of the cases with this practice.
  11. 11. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  12. 12. Credits:  www.google.com/imghp  http://www.psmag.com/culture/hey-tsa-racial-profiling-doesnt-work-25725/  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/us/racial-profiling-at-boston-airport-officials-say.html  http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/14/travel/tsa-profiling-accusations/  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/azeem-khan/racial-profiling-muslim_b_3303582.html

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