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Sikh group develops app to report airport profiling
The Sikh Coalition unveils new app to combat racial profiling.
April 30th, 2012
05:26 PM ET

Sikh group develops app to report airport profiling

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Washington (CNN)–
– Airline travelers who feel they've been harassed at airport check-ins by screeners now have a speedier outlet on which to complain right at their fingertips.

The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group, on Monday released a mobile application on iPhones and Android phones giving passengers who feel they've been racially or religiously profiled a way to speak out against screeners with the Transportation Security Administration.

The free mobile app, FlyRights, prompts disgruntled passengers with questions and allows them to quickly check the basis on which they feel they've been discriminated, then name the airport where the incident occurred, the airline and the flight number.

The complaints are then forwarded to the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security.

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The passenger can also include the badge number of the TSA agent they believe profiled them and then write a brief summary of what took place. The questionnaire also prompts the passengers for information they might not have thought of, such as potential witnesses.

The developers of the app say the goal is to make the process of filing complaints easier so that people will actually do it when they feel they've been wronged.

FlyRights was launched at midnight, and it already had two complaints by midmorning.

"FlyRights app will help us tell the government that profiling is still a reality for community members and is going to be an invaluable tool towards the efforts calling for TSA to institute measures to stop such discrimination," said Priya Murthy, spokeswoman for the South Asian Americans Leading Together, a civil rights group.

The TSA says it is committed to treating each traveler with dignity and respect throughout the screening process. Passengers who have concerns can speak to a TSA supervisor, submit a complaint online or file a civil rights complaint.

"TSA does not profile passengers on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion," said Sterling Payne, TSA spokesman.

Amardeep Singh, with the Sikh Coalition, told reporters at a news conference, "The TSA to their credit will always say, 'We don't profile. Profiling is wrong, and it's counterproductive.' The problem is that, in our estimation, the TSA has way too long a leash on their screeners. So they're getting to have their cake and eat it, too. They can say don't profile, but they take no effective measures to prevent it."

The app developers hope the mobile technology will subsequently lead to applications for school bullying and employment discrimination.

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    The only clue in the scriptures that I can find is in verse 47 of Acts 10. Here Peter asks who can whilhotd water for baptizing them? Because they have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.This would indicate that Peter was talking to the people who came with him. They were there witnessing the chain of events leading up to the baptism of the first Gentiles. I would assume that they were there as witnesses that could affirm the events to other Jews. However, this is just a guess but hopefully an educated one.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  3. SocialPunjab

    This app is at least a start to stop unnecessary discrimination and bullying by different screeners and security people.

    May 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
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      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!-

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    May 3, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      -Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

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