Can an App Actually Stop TSA Racial Profiling?

A new app will allow people to report alleged racial profiling by the TSA in real time.

The service was thought up by a number of different organizations, such as the Sikh Coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Muslim Advocates and South Asian Americans Leading Together, which are all live-streaming a news conference explaining how the "novel marriage between technology and civil rights activism" works on Monday at 10 a.m. ET.

"Racial profiling is ineffective and wasteful law enforcement that regularly and unfairly deprives people of their freedom," Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference, told the Huffington Post. "This app will protect the innocent individuals who are most targeted and make air travel safer for everyone."

The best case scenario is that the existence of this app forces the TSA to think carefully before irrationally harassing people going through security — it would look pretty bad if a particularly suspicious incident went viral. The worst case scenario is that so many people upload inconsequential videos that everyone gets overwhelmed and ignores the entire endeavor. What will probably happen is that the TSA will continue to argue that its nascent behavior-recognition program is targeted at "suspicious behavior and not passengers' appearance." Either way, it'll be an interesting experiment in combining social activism with new media.

Airport Racial Profiling App To Allow Real-Time Reporting [Huffington Post]