Letter | Screen the passengers who look like terrorists

May 2, 2013 

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack I do not understand the airport screening methods employed by the Transportation Security Agency.

At the TSA security area before a recent return flight from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Myrtle Beach I was singled out for a “routine screening check.” I completely support these security measures and believe that safety should always be our first priority. Behind me in line was a young Middle Eastern man who was waved through the detectors without a second look while an elderly woman in a wheelchair was being searched and I was being swabbed for explosives on my hands.

Since the attacks I have heard on the news numerous times that there are 700,000 people on watch lists and probably others still unidentified. If this is the case then it is about time we screen those whose appearance resembles those who have killed American citizens in our country in these calculated horrific terrorist attacks. If these searches are considered “profiling” then I, along with many other safety minded Americans, say so be it.

The writer lives in Calabash, N.C.

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