DHS Secretary: ‘We Should Not Profile at Airports’

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his agency considered signing on to the Justice Department’s expanded non-profiling policy earlier this year, but because that policy was developed for law enforcement, it “didn’t quite fit” for airport screeners.

“But TSA knows my view that we should not profile at airports,” Johnson told the a Senate Homeland Security Oversight hearing on Tuesday.

Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, noted that TSA officials and Customs and Border Protection officials “are still permitted to use profiling when screening airline passengers and individuals crossing borders.”

Franken said he continues to hear from his Somali constituents “that they experience profiling” and “are singled out for additional screening and questioning at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport so routinely that they prefer to drive to Chicago, over 400 miles away, rather than fly out of their hometown.