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Profiling For Security Purposes

Survey says airport safety trumps political correctness

eTN Staff Writer  Jan 08, 2010

A new survey indicates that an overwhelming majority of human resources executives may favor the judicious use of profiling when it comes to airport security. The survey was conducted by BackTrack, an employment screening firm based in Mentor, Ohio. BackTrack CEO Robert Gandee says that of the 546 survey respondents, most said they would support the use of profiling for security purposes in airports.

"We found this interesting on several fronts," Gandee said. "First, the survey results were incredibly decisive. Of those expressing an opinion, 77 percent said they'd support profiling. Second, we believe that the nature of the survey audience is significant here. These are human resources executives - many of whom work for very large companies that do business on an international basis. So the respondents are folks who are very aware of HR-related ethics and norms. They understand the importance of treating people equitably, and not jumping to conclusions about books based on book covers. And yet these professionals apparently also believe that airport safety trumps political correctness - that when it's logical and pragmatic to use profiling to enhance airport security, we should do so."

The online survey was conducted during December 2009 and January 2010. It was distributed to 3,800 management professionals with hiring and/or other HR responsibilities at USA-based companies.

Gandee adds that a more serious focus on security issues is a trend he has noted among clients.

Survey says airport safety trumps political correctness
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