The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in the world (a quick search on YouTube will show you exactly what I mean). Well, the Sikh Coalition has just introduced “FlyRights,” an app recently introduced into the Google Play Store that offers travelers an easy way to report incidents of unfair treatment in our nation’s airports. The app doesn’t just focus on racial profiling either. Users can report various types of discrimination they feel they have been unfairly subjected to. Everything from gender, racial, religious and ethnic discrimination can all be found and reported with a few taps from inside the app. FlyRights also provides frequent travelers with easy access to traveler rights and screening guidelines found on the TSA’s official website.
According to the Associated Press, the app has already been put to good use with a few reports already that have already been successfully filed from FlyRights users. One report was from a woman who felt she was being treated unfairly for carrying breast milk, and another from a man who was being discriminated against because of his religion. Amardeep Singh gave a statement to the Los Angeles Times today saying,
“At a big picture level, we have receive hundreds of reports from Sikhs complaining of airport profiling over the past five years. The TSA reports, however, that they only get a few dozen complaints of airport profiling a year.”
A TSA spokesperson responded to news of the FlyRights app saying,
“TSA’s diverse workforce is committed to treating each traveler with dignity and respect throughout the screening process. TSA does not profile passengers on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion. We continually engage with community organizations, including the Sikh Coalition, and individuals to help us understand unique passenger concerns and we support efforts to gather passenger feedback about the screening process.”
The Sikh Coalition isn’t going to stop at our airports either. They also mentioned they have plans to add several other applications dealing with other civil rights issues dealing with everything from border profiling to school bullying. You can find the FlyRights application for free, right now, in the Google Play Store.