Ever since 9/11, some travelers have been disproportionately hassled at airport security. It seems that wearing flowing head wraps or turbans immediately puts you at the top of Transportation Security Administration’s most wanted list. Even fellow travelers get curious and nervous and hit their cell phones in a tizzy.
But civil rights groups say enough is enough! Representatives of the Sikh Coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Muslim Advocates and South Asian Americans Leading Together are tackling the issue with technology. According to the Huffington Post, they have developed a mobile app that will give the racially profiled traveler instant assistance with culturally insensitive TSA agents.
“Racial profiling is ineffective and wasteful law enforcement that regularly and unfairly deprives people of their freedom,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference. “This app will protect the innocent individuals who are most targeted and make air travel safer for everyone.”
The app is obviously necessary seeing that Congressmen had to demand answers from TSA as Mexican and Dominican travelers were singled out at Newark Liberty International Airport last year.
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