We’ve heard the cries that “it’s time to stop being politically correct and start profiling Muslims at airports!” I contend that it would be an ineffective practice that would make us less safe from terror attacks.
When we go through security checkpoints at the airport, every single passenger passes through a metal detector. Shoes are removed and x-rayed. Belongings are scrutinized with x-ray technology by trained security personell. Those that look suspicious, those that have names on terror watch list (even if they just share a name), and those that are chosen randomly are subject to greater searches. Everyone already passes through security.
Do those that call for profiling only want Muslims to go through tougher security? How do you determine if someone is a Muslim? Because they look like it? The attempted shoe bomber, Richard Ried, was half Caucasian and half Jamaican. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the attempted Christmas Day bomber, was of Nigerian descent. Had we used profiling as security protocal, they’d have made it on the flight anyway.
If we start profiling every single male that looks Arab, they’ll send a woman. If we start profiling every Arab woman, they’ll send a child. If we start profiling every Arab child, they’ll send a black or white convert. Profiling is ineffective for this reason.
If we need extra security protocols, it should be applied to all and not those that just “look” like terrorists. Anything else can take our eye off the prize, give us a false sense of security, and fail to prevent future attacks.