O'Reilly: So, what would you do though?
Trump: If you want to be so politically correct --
O'Reilly: Do you have a vision of how that profiling would work?
Trump: It works. And we see somebody that we think there could be a problem. At airports and other places. You talked to them and you see what's going on.
O'Reilly: But I think they do that now.
Trump: We don't do that.
As Trump would say, excuse me, excuse me -- but we do.
Screening at airports does not just entail putting everyone through a metal detector. The Transportation Security Administration has had protocols for years that tell agents what kinds of behaviors to check.
But TSA insists it is behavioral, not racial, profiling.
Last year, TSA began a pilot program to update these protocols. The agencies does not publicly lists the kinds of activities that can draw an agent's attention. But in March 2015, The Intercept website
published what it said was a confidential memo that told TSA screeners at that time what to look for.
Among the suspicious signs:
- Exaggerated yawning.
- Excessive complaints about the screening process.
- Widely open staring eyes.
- Wearing improper attire for location.
- Whistling as the individual approaches the screening process.
- Gazing down.
- Exaggerated or repetitive grooming gestures.
- Face pale from recent shaving of beard.
- Rubbing or wringing of hands.
- Excessive throat clearing
So if TSA is already profiling people based on behavior, what further profiling would Trump like them to do?