Photo: Security Checkpoint at Newark
An internal federal report has just concluded that TSA officers and their managers working security at the Newark International Airport were acting like “Mexican hunters” targeting Hispanic flyers for extra security screenings.
The behavior detection officers, as they are officially known are to be on the look out for erratic and nervous behavior amongst the flying public and then request additional screening from them. Instead these detectives focused solely on Mexican, Dominican and other Hispanic looking passengers checking to make sure they had all their documents in place.
It appears they were racially profiling these Hispanic flyers with the knowledge of their managers. They were so obvious that their co-workers called them the “Mexican Hunters”.
The apparent motive for this illegal behavior was so that the detectives report numbers would like they were busy. The official response on the other hand insists that TSA employees don’t racially profile:
“TSA does not profile passengers on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion,” TSA spokesman Lisa Farbstein said. “The SPOT Program (Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique) was specifically designed to use behavioral criteria indicative of an individual possibly engaged in criminal and/or terrorist activity — race, ethnicity or religion are not considered.”