August 14, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating complaints from airport security officers that the “chat-down” program at Boston’s Logan airport has become a magnet for racial profiling.
The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the department’s inspector general will examine the complaints that Middle Easterners, Hispanics and blacks have been targeted in the program. The New York Times reported Sunday that 32 TSA officers at Logan made the complaints.
The chat-down program at Boston and Detroit airports is at the fore of TSA’s effort to focus security on the riskiest passengers, rather than treating all travelers the same.