Muslim Civil Rights Group Welcomes New US Passenger Screening Policy

7 April 2010 (Last Updated April 7th, 2010 18:30)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has welcomed a new passenger screening policy set out by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The new screening policy, based on the TSA's enhanced intelligence-based airline security measures, will replace the mandatory s

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has welcomed a new passenger screening policy set out by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The new screening policy, based on the TSA's enhanced intelligence-based airline security measures, will replace the mandatory screening of passengers from 14 countries.

It reduces the number of passengers selected for secondary screening and is no longer based on nationality, instead focusing on physical descriptions, names or travel patterns that match terror suspects.

In January, the TSA announced the policy to mandatory screen passengers from 14 Muslim-majority nations following a failed terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound aircraft on 25 December last year.

CAIR, however, will seek clarification of the criteria used for secondary screening and will monitor reports of passenger mistreatment submitted by the travelling public.