US government announced changes to airport screening rules

On April 2, 2010, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced changes to airport security rules that allow for screening based on intelligence information to "mitigate evolving terrorist threats." The shift in policy was praised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as being a move in the right direction away from discriminatory "racial profiling" policies, while still meeting the demand for stricter airport security espoused by President Barack Obama. Rights groups, including the ACLU, had opposed previous measures by DHS to increase security that included increased screening for passengers traveling from select Islamic countries, claiming that such steps were unconstitutional. Demand for higher security measures arose following the attempt by Nigerian national Umar Farouk to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in December 2009.

Learn more about the Department of Homeland Security and airline security from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the issue of airport screening from JURIST Guest Columnist William W. Keller in Hotline.


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