posted on Jun, 22 2006 @ 10:33 AM
I don't think profiling by race is a good idea. I'm with you on searching the old lady, but still, anyone could be carrying something unwanted onto
the plane. I would prefer the detection capabilities at airports be made better so that everyone can be 'searched' without having to pull certain
people out of the crowd.
Now, profiling by behavior, circumstances and other more subtle cues, I really don't have a problem with. If the airport employees could be trained
to pick up on subtle behaviors of nervousness or other physical cues, I honestly think it would be ok to search people who seem irritated or agitated.
But it might be because they're late for their flight!
Bottom line, we need a better way of making sure that everyone travels more safely. But until then, no, I don't think racial profiling is the way to
go. It's racist.