TSA investigates Honolulu airport allegations

December 1, 2011 - 6:40 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is investigating allegations that screeners at Honolulu International Airport have targeted Mexican travelers for extra screening.

The TSA said in a statement Thursday that it's investigating the behavior detection program at the airport and providing refresher training to ensure the program is focused on identifying suspicious behavior.

The statement was in response to a recent letter from U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. His Nov. 22 letter said a broadcast report last month raised allegations of profiling, underscoring his concerns about the program known as Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique, or SPOT.

The Mississippi Democrat has given the TSA until Dec. 16 to provide information including the agency's internal report on Honolulu's SPOT program.