Profiling Airline Passengers

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano explains why America’s (and TSA’s) focus on screening travelers should not be on the young Muslim males who’re actually causing all the problems. She seems to be saying that we should continue doing cavity searches on African-American Baptist grandmothers or Irish Catholic toddlers to insure that our focus on diversity remains strong. 

Israel’s El Al Airline is widely considered to be the safest in the world to fly. (Walt, Vivienne (2001-01-10). “Unfriendly skies are no match for El Al”. USA Today. Retrieved 06-09-11)

Why is Israel’s airline safer? Profiling works. Some critics to El Al note that its security checks on passengers include extreme racial profiling and have argued that such profiling is primitive, unfair, irrational, and degrading to those subject to such screening. El Al argues that it does not use racial profiling, but does use behavioral profiling, and that there is nothing inherently racist about behavioral profiling.

Does listening to Secretary Napolitano inspire confidence in you that she has both oars in the water? Or does she seem more like a broken lightbulb (dumb as a bag of hammers/box of rocks)?

7 thoughts on “Profiling Airline Passengers

  1. Tom Ridge sure didn't make me feel safe, either. The way HS manages airline passengers and carry on luggage is based on how an American would get on a plane with a bomb. Friends of mine travel in and out of Israel frequently and are absolutely fans of El Al methods. – Charlene

  2. Charlene – It's not about whether Ridge was better or worse. It's about Napolitano, who is a buffoon. Having been in government, my confidence in HS keeping a bomb off an airplane with a slightly motivated/intelligent person doing the bombing is LOW. The 911 attackers used box cutters…

  3. Napolitano seemed to care about Homeland Security when she served in Arizona. Something happened to her on the plane to Washington. Lobotomy, maybe?

  4. He is an idiot, and he loves to put it on display…I used intelligence, "whatever that is," to come to that conclusion. He didn't care about Homeland Security when he served in Arizona, he only cared about babbling on about it, like he did in the clip.

    It should be noted, WTF is up with the way he holds that mic? It'll take weeks to get that image out of my head…

  5. NFO – You're safer on El Al because they profile. And for the record, so do ALL Chinese national airlines. The Chinese aircraft are not comfortable rides across the pond and often the food is not edible by Western standards, however, they profile heavily and are considered safe because of that.

    Race – Napolitano is an embarrassment to me and to the American people.

    LA – Calling them morons gives a bad name to morons everywhere.

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