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Domestic Airport Security Policies 2 of 7

The Effect of Domestic Airport Security Policies on Minority Communities, Freedom of Movement, and Privacy 2 of 7 This panel will discuss how new and invasive aviation security policies are impacting minority communities in the US and whether the national security objectives outweigh the impingement on civil liberties. Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines in US airports that have raised questions of privacy, modesty, health, and racial/ religious profiling. For example, AIT’s inability to scan the folds or layers of religious headcoverings (ie Sikh turbans are considered per se an anomaly, and therefore, subject Sikh passengers who wear turbans to two mandatory additional layers of security). This counters the argument that invasive technology provides additional security. This technology also disparately impacts Muslim women who wear hijabs or women and men who wear artificial hair pieces wigs based on preference, medical purposes, or religious obligations regarding natural hair being uncovered in public. Moreover, the panel may discuss other law enforcement mechanisms to combat terrorism and other emerging technologies or law enforcement tools in the aviation security arena. And generally, the panel will discuss how these new aviation security policies have an impact on individual’s Freedom of Movement. Panel organized by Hansdeep Singh: Staff Attorney, United Sikhs. Moderator: Daniel Mach: Director of Freedom of Religion and Belief, ACLU Panelists: Congresswoman
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