We are spending a lot of time talking about profiling. Who should be profiled and who shouldn’t. There’s even talk about NOT profiling at all.
I have to wonder why. Why would we NOT use all the information we have?
For example, without even talking about nationality, race, religion or sex we could profile on:
- One way ticket purchases bought day of.
- One way ticket purchases bought with cash.
- Passengers boarding without either checked or carry on luggage.
- People who are on ANY watch list.
- Passengers who board International flights WITHOUT passports.
- If the age of the passenger is between 17 and 40, bump up suspicion quotient.
- If the passenger is boarding without family, bump up suspicion quotient.
Then, after building a list of who we SHOULD profile, we could build a list of people we could rule OUT:
- Anyone aged 65 or more.
- Anyone aged 18 or less.
- Women traveling with children.
There is a LOT more that we can do. There is more we SHOULD do.