New app to report racial profiling

2012-04-30 22:19

Washington - Travellers who suspect they have been victims of racial profiling by security screeners at US airports, can now lodge a complaint in minutes, thanks to a smartphone application released on Monday.

The Sikh Coalition, supported by other civil rights groups, said its FlyRights app can be used by anyone who feels their rights were violated at the security barrier.

"For too long, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has kept a long leash on its screeners, telling them not to profile, but taking no effective measures to stop it," said its director of programmes Amardeep Singh.

"Until that happens, we call on the public to hold the TSA accountable by downloading the FlyRights app and filing reports when appropriate," he said in a statement.

According to department of homeland security data, only 11 official complaints of improper TSA screening were filed in the first half of 2011 through a bureaucratic procedure most travellers don't know about.

The Sikh Coalition, which speaks for the 500 000-strong Sikh American community, said it expects that figure to grow "exponentially" once FlyRights - a free download for iPhone and Android products - is widely distributed.

  • Johan - 2012-04-30 23:04

    Complain as much a they like, it is not going to help them. It is unfortunate that because of the fanatical utterings and actions from some countries tha citizens from those countries be subjected to more screening than others on arrival in the US of A.

      roboman1 - 2012-05-01 07:01

      I wonder if I can use this App here in SA, because I am concerned that I am a victim of racial profiling and prejudice on a daily basis by my very own government. I am a victim of AA, BEE etc etc etc on a daily basis. A victim of regulated racism in the world's latest most regulated prejudicial regime!

      Jerzy - 2012-05-01 07:23

      So because of the fanatical ways of the AWB, lets just profile all whites as inbred khaki pant wearing racist.

      roboman1 - 2012-05-01 07:48

      @Jersey, yeah y not? it is the way of people anyway

      Jack - 2012-05-01 08:40

      come on people...."racial profiling by security screeners at US airports" is purely based on statistics...the race groups that are notorious for what ever crime will always and i mean always be considered a potential threat. That is sadly a sorry fact about how other people can ruin it for the others...but then again i don’t see these people condoning the actions of these groups anyways….so yeah that leaves you wondering.

  • Hannes - 2012-04-30 23:30

    Bet that program was engineered by a bunch of fat-arsed lawyers. They must be wringing their bejeweled hands in anticipation of some lucrative court cases, preferably class actions if they can get a couple of complainants together, waiting on them. In a Nazi state where morals died out with the founding fathers, what else could one expect? Notice that the most logical presidential candidate, ron paul, web site on youtube has been blocked with some flimsy excuse. Wonder what politician put pressure on youtube to have that done, or was it Fox News?

  • anthonyralphwilson - 2012-05-01 00:00

    stop acting like an idiot, dressing like a douche bag and when the majority of your people to start behaving like civilized humans maybe others will treat you as such

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-05-01 00:28

      What are you talking about?

      seymore.butt - 2012-05-01 06:34

      Your comment drips of precisely what this article is about. Just by wearing a pin-stripe suite makes you a man of any caliber? Obviously you have a very low self esteem if that is how you feel about yourself. As per civilization... countries like India and China were living a civilized life when rest of the west was still clubbing their women in the head and dragging them in the caves. Stop living this false sense of superiority that everything west is good. Most of what west has today is stolen and pilfered from the East, why? because Easterns were too civilized to complain even when they could see the hooligans coming to their shores and taking away and destroying cultures in their wake.

      seymore.butt - 2012-05-01 06:39

      oh and its too late for you, but get off your stolen farmland and travel a bit and may be your children will grow a better person.

      Jerzy - 2012-05-01 07:24

      Would you rather have them wear khaki pant and behave like the awb

      Jerzy - 2012-05-01 07:25

      You first.

      Toofaan - 2012-05-01 08:01

      @ Anthony. The guys are Sikhs. They tend to very very civilised and dress like anyone else with the exception of a neat turban. Their religion actually recognizes all other religions and does not prescribe having to follow only one path or God for any higher reward. It also stands for peace and taking care of the oppressed etc (without trying to coerce people into converting to their own religion). In other words, in my book, they are more civilised in the real sense than quite a few other mainstream religions.

      anthonyralphwilson - 2012-05-01 08:06

      if one group causes most the problems it will be stupid not to focus mainly on them... and last i checked the awb hasnt flown any planes into buildings, they aldo do not go around gang raping children or stealing tax payers money

      seymore.butt - 2012-05-01 11:32

      @anthony... please stop showing your white trash mentality and get an education. Even a metric pass would know the difference between Sikhs and people who flew planes into the building. Who knows if you do travel out of your Kraal you will be stopped and checked at the airport because most white travelers are involved in sex tourism.

      anthonyralphwilson - 2012-05-01 12:45

      dont try to change the topic seemore butt

      Toofaan - 2012-05-01 13:54

      Ok - I won't try and change the topic. I just want to know if you know what you're talking about. Who are Sikhs Anthony ? What have they ever done to you or anyone else for you to to comment on their dress and behaviour ? Like you say, don't change the topic !!! Yes, they're not like you, only because they're better !!!! Go do a google search - its's not too difficult, but please let me know if you need help. If it would help at all, let me inform you that they're very far removed from Islaam or anything else that you seem to be thinking of (but this should have no relevance here, should it ?).

      ockertvh - 2012-09-10 11:20


  • JoeFRios - 2012-05-01 06:08

    What a pointless waste of time. Complain to who? It may help you vent, but will achieve what? What sanction is possible, under what circumstances? In any case, if you don't like American policies, just don't go there. Each country has the RIGHT to implement any policy they want and feel appropriate to their needs, and each individual has the freedom to choose not to accept them. How objective can you be with a little app anyway - anyone can log a "I FEEL profiled" report... A real waste of time for everyone. Grow up.

      seymore.butt - 2012-05-01 06:22

      Everyone has the right to dignity (which obviously you know nothing about). Your argument that if you don't like American policies then don't go their is extremely childish. We live in the global business world and one can't live without the others. As per your arguments then we should leave Iran, China, North Korea and all the dictatorial countries alone if we don't like their policies.

      Lerato - 2012-05-01 07:13

      @Joe racial profiling is not an American policy infact the opposite is true, so having such an app is more like supporting US policy. Racial profiling caused a major uproar when it was exposed that women were stripped and made to do all embarassing thingss. You must watch the documentary.

      JoeFRios - 2012-05-01 08:43

      seymore, there's a difference between human rights and dignity (and dignity can be very subjective), and you obviously don't understand that difference. South Africa was not entitled to implement apartheid, and the countries you mention are not entitled to human rights abuses. But taking human rights as a given, countries do have rights to maintain their security standards and culture. France banned the burka for security reasons. Arab countries disallow drinking. Etc, etc. Don't like it - don't go - just stay in your own country. You cannot impose your customs on a country that does not want it. Regardless, dignity can be very subjective. "I FEEL I was picked on...". "I was checked/arrested because of my background/colour"... And thus many people could see randomness as harrassment.

      seymore.butt - 2012-05-01 11:34

      @Joe - When did human dignity stopped being a human right? And please elaborate how a person's dignity can be subjective?

  • JoeFRios - 2012-05-01 06:10

    I have a great app too - it tells the time of day. It's a clock. Works with any smartphone! Send me $1 and I'll let you download it from your applicable app-store.

  • Gregory - 2012-05-01 06:52

    I bored , gonna download the app and complain , just to pass the time.

  • Elizabeth - 2012-05-01 07:56

    where can we report racial profiling in South Africa - Police at ORT Johannesburg Airport stop our Asian clients every day - asking to check their papers again and again its becoming a pain - they have been cleared by Immigration to enter the country so why stop them again in the arrivals hall ....maybe looking for a bribe who knows....

  • Leo - 2012-05-01 09:09

    The App is welcomed, only racists will oppose it.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-02 11:49

    So sad especially if one takes into account that studies have over the years proven beyond a doubt that racial profiling and stereotyping actually are accurate and do have an overwhelming influence in crime investigation. The world has become so PC its more acceptable to be killed for not doing profiling than it is to stop someone from being killed by doing it.

  • chocolate bear - 2012-08-22 10:55

    nice work

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