TSA Retraining Officers in Newark, Elsewhere Following Reports of Racial Profiling

Newark Liberty International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration is ordering officers nationwide to undergo retraining because of reports of racial profiling at several airports — including Newark Liberty International.

The agency will order behavior-detection officers — those trained to identify potential threats using cues like body language and eye contact — to take a refresher course in the program's core principals, a TSA spokesperson said.

The online course emphasizes that racial and ethnic profiling is not tolerated. Classroom training will be given to officers at some airports, the Star Ledger reported.

The Star Ledger reported last year on an internal TSA document that revealed behavior detection officers at Newark Liberty had been specifically targeting Mexican and Dominican passengers in 2008 and 2009.

The TSA says that the re-training was prompted by an ongoing investigation to racial profiling at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

The Department of Homeland Security has also directed the TSA to review their training and data collection procedures, and to ensure that fliers know their complaints will be responded to.