BOSTON — Transportation Security Administration agents at Boston’s Logan International Airport are scheduled to undergo additional training following allegations of racial profiling during security checks intended to spot terrorists.
A recent New York Times story said more than 30 TSA officers in Boston filed internal complaints about colleagues, asserting that they targeted minorities with immigration issues or outstanding warrants.
The TSA said it is investigating.
The Boston Globe reports that special training at Logan will include discussions on how racial profiling diminishes the TSA’s mission, how terrorists don’t match racial or ethnic stereotypes, and how racial profiling violates the U.S. Constitution, federal law and agency rules.
The class will emphasize that the purpose of the behavior detection program is to catch terrorists, not to identify other criminal behavior.