US-based Sikh group launches mobile app to report ‘racial profiling’ at airports

Washington, May 1: A Sikh rights group in the United States has launched a unique smartphone app that would allow people to register complaints about ‘racial’ airport security screenings.

The Sikh Coalition, which released the ‘Fly Rights’ app claimed that the 11 US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening complaints probed during the early part of 2011 were woefully unrepresentative of how many fliers were actually being pulled aside on the basis of race, religion or ethnicity.

“I would say that some of our board members have more than 11 complaints in a quarter,” ABC News quoted Sikh Coalition program director Amardeep Singh, as saying.

“With the app, what we are trying to do is say ‘No, there are more people out there that have issues with the screening procedures than you think,” he said.

“I’m feeling optimistic that we are going to put them [TSA] at their paces and that it will significantly, perhaps even exponentially, increase the number of complaints filed,” he added.

Singh said in the hours following ‘Fly Rights’ launch on Monday two complaints had already been filed through the mobile app.

Meanwhile, while Singh said the TSA ‘never opposed’ the Fly Rights smart phone app, the agency said in statement that it encourages travelers to ‘contact TSA directly’ with any complaints. (ANI)