The reason security services check everyone - including the so-called sweet lil blue-haired grandma from Texas - and not just so-called dark-skinned people is for a number of reasons. First, they may be carriers for terrorists. This may sound absurd, but in the early 80s an ElAl crash was averted at London Heathrow because security decided to spot check a sweet little 23 yr old English girl. It turned out that her boyfriend of indeterminate MidEastern terrorist lineage had asked her to carry a bomb for him. So the next time youre standing in line wondering aloud as to why blond-haired blue-eyed 44 yr old women are being searched keep this in mind. Second, some of these people may be first time travellers with tickets purchased in cash on one-way tickets - again, a factor worth considering. Third, in the name of fairness, security are supposed to check everyone - not just a certain ethnic type.
Furthermore, while to some of you all dark-skinned people may look alike, to those of us with half a brain, they do not. Dark skin comes in all shades and ethnicities from Phillipino to Sri Lankan to Indian to Greek to Ethiopian to Brazilian. The list goes on. None of these people are from countries with terrorism on their minds. As a matter of fact, a lot of them have been victims of terrorism much before 9-11.
Also, there is a sickening sense of absurdity to all of this. Would Osama and his buddies really send another possie of 19 young saudis en masse to board airplanes? I dont think so. They're probably dreaming up some other bizarre way of harming American interests that have nothing to do with slamming 767s into buildings. So, our reactive attempts at racial profiling, if carried too far, seem silly at best, and only harm Americans who are or who visually appear to be of middle eastern extraction.
Personally, as an American of Indian descent, I have fortunately not been subjected to anything out of the ordinary while travelling both within the US and overseas since 9-11. While some of the bigots and idiots who board a flight with me who see "Middle Eastern terrorist" in the narrow cul de sac of their minds would prefer that I get strip searched so that they can feel all red-white-and blue about it, I am thankful that both airline staff and security personnel acting under policies enacted by our federal agencies, have the intelligence and grace to act in accordance with the principle of fairness towards all. However, I can only speak for myself. I am aware of incidents of flagrant civil rights violations, but these are, for most of the part, few and far in between.
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