UK Stopping Muslims at Airports

Original Article

THE Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who pose the greatest risk.

The passenger-profiling technique involves selecting people who are behaving suspiciously, have an unusual travel pattern or, most controversially, have a certain ethnic or religious background.


Nightfighter said…
Coming to an airport near you...and it's about time someone has begun to use common sense in dealing with terrorism and ports of entry.
Muslims face extra checks...

What about those Muslims that don't look Arabic/India/Pakistani?
What about Cat Stevens?
Is he going to get grilled at check in?
How about Ice Cube?

Damn stupid idea designed to impress an ignorant public.

DM (
Nightfighter said…
Hi DM,

What would be even more na├»ve - and potentially disastrous - is to fail to develop effective screening measures that are highly specific – thus focusing on ruling out those who pose the least amount of risk.

It appears that it was the absense of more intelligent security measures - which would have ruled in Cat Stevens as a non-threatening person - that caused his detainment, i.e. he was not behaving suspiciously and did not have an unusual travel pattern.

Good police work would naturally not just look at ethnicity and/or religion...but you know that.