By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
The Department of Homeland Security is announcing new regulations that permit the profiling of passengers who are taking international flights into the United States. The rules follow the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit Metro Airport from Amsterdam. But if these new procedures truly will help better protect the flying public, why aren't they being put into effect domestically?
Perhaps had the underwear bomber gotten on in Anchorage or Atlanta instead of Amsterdam the new screening would be done here on U.S. soil. But since he didn't - the government feels compelled to only screen those getting on U.S.-bound planes originating overseas.
The new policy will be criticized by those who equate profiling with discrimination. It is discriminatory. But not in a bad sense.
The idea is to identify and further screen people who potentially pose a greater threat to air travel. Not to discriminate based on religion or national origin. Not if it's done correctly.
I want airport screeners to discriminate against those who are acting in a suspicious manner.
Here's a news flash. The border agents who ask questions before you enter the United States profile. They use their traning and instinct to determine who they will stop for further questioning in their quest to prevent contraband or those entering the country illegally from getting in.
Of course, this all pre-supposes that those doing the screening at airports have the same kind of training. But the point is this. If the government believes that enhanced screening better protects flights, why isn't it being done in the United States as well? All the planes that were used to attack us on 9/11 took off from U.S. airports.
Either the new screening procedures are effective and necessary. Or they're just window dressing. If the former - then those of use who fly domestically deserve the same protection. If the latter, they should be scrapped.
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