Reports that the Transportation Security Administration's behavior detection program has led to racial profiling at Honolulu International Airport has prompted the TSA to review the airport's program. Meanwhile, lawmakers have raised concerns about the program. "TSA Behavior Detection officers must target passengers based on their suspicious actions, not because of their race, ethnicity or national origin. TSA must properly train all Behavior Detection officers and ensure that unlawful racial profiling does not occur at airports in Hawaii or across the nation," said Sen. Dan Akaka, D-Hawaii, a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. TSA Administrator John Pistole recently noted that behavior screening is nine times more effective than random screening.
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