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article image57% Support Extra Checks at Airports for "Arabs"

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 1, 2007 in World
57% Support extra profiling at Airports for Middle Eastern Origin people.
Nearly six-in-ten adult Americans (57%) favor requiring all US citizens to carry a national identity card at all times. A new Pew poll also finds the same percentage favoring allowing airport personnel to do extra checks on passengers who appear to be of Middle Eastern descent.
Pew Research Center did polls on various issues ranging from security to policies. In one of the polls they found many Americans about 57% favored extra profiling of Middle Eastern descent people. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Center found the public has been fairly consistent in its opinions about anti-terrorism policies. Solid majorities favor requiring citizens to carry a national identity card at all times and allowing airport personnel to do extra checks on passengers who appear to be of Middle Eastern descent (57% each).
This is just a poll, I don't think the Government will follow this biased opinion. There should be a consistent search policy, state clearly what everyone should carry in their bags when they travel. Yes there are more incidents that they originate from Middle Eastern countries, but not everyone is bad. If everyone follows the same rules, carry ID's at all time, and what stuff they can bring in to the airport it will avoid bad situations. If you just go by appearance, then there will be problems like the south Florida man who was wrongly profiled as an Arab. Lot of Middle Easterners look also similar in complexion with South Americans and some Asians also will lead to wrong profiling and assuming wrong.
The above article has many other polls regarding monitoring of credit cards and personal communications, free trade agreements and various issues.
What is your view on this extra Profiling in Airports?
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