Finland: Airport considering religous profiling

Finland: Airport considering religious profiling

Airport security may soon start scanning travellers based on their religion or citizenship. A syndicate of regional papers reports that a policy of passenger profiling may be adopted if Finland begins using new -- and controversial -- electromagnetic scanners.

Finland's aviation authority Finavia is considering whether to invest in electromagnetic scanners. But their bulky size and prohibitive expense means they would not entirely replace standard metal detectors.

This is why, explains Finavia's head of corporate security Jyri Vikström, they may use passenger profiling in addition to random scans.

Vikström adds that profiling would require the approval of the European Union. He does not think it is a question of discrimination.


Source: YLE (English)

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