An app that can report instances of airport profiling by the Transportation Security Administration in real time was released Monday morning. The app, called FlyRights, was developed by the Sikh Coalition, which says that Sikhs, at some airports, are subjected to secondary screening 100 percent of the time.
The app was developed with input from various groups, including civil rights groups in the black, Latino, South Asian, and Muslim communities, the coalition said. Feedback was also solicited from the Department of Homeland Security.
The TSA and Department of Homeland Security will review the complaints filed through the app as official complaints, according to the Sikh Coalition. The current procedure for filing a complaint against the TSA involves and filling out a form on the agency's website, then emailing it to the TSA for review.
The coalition cites data from the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and says only 11 complaints of improper screening were filed during the first two quarters of 2011. The app, says the coalition, should significantly increase the number of complaints filed, providing transparency on the extent of profiling at the nation's airports."
The app bills itself as a "quick and easy way to report complaints of air travel discrimination in real time, right after the incident occurs.
"The TSA asserts it doesn't profile. This application will allow us to better assess whether that's true," said Amardeep Singh, director of programs at the Sikh Coalition. "All travelers now have an easy way of speaking to their government on the issue of airport profiling."