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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has opened an investigation into claims that racial profiling by security staff is a widespread and often encouraged practice at Boston's Logan airport, according to a new report by the New York Times. The agency came under fire this month after 32 officers filed written complaints at a Logan TSA meeting -- some of them anonymous.
According to the complaints, the officers said their co-workers increasingly target minorities in a "behavior detection program" instituted in Logan after 9/11. The behavior detection program in place in Boston uses specially trained behavioral “assessors” to scan the lines of passengers and interact with them to assess unusual activity; however, according to the complaints, the operation has become a magnet for racial profiling, targeting not only Middle Easterners but also blacks, Hispanics and other minorities, the Times reports.
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