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“What Are the Least Racist Airports in the U.S. for Re-Entry?”

“What Are the Least Racist Airports in the U.S. for Re-Entry?”
Meg Butler

Does treatment of passengers of passengers vary from airport to airport when it comes to race? FlyerTalker Rommie2k6 asked this question in the forum yesterday evening:

What are the least racist airports in the US for re-entry?

As above, does anyone know (and perhaps this will be a collection of anecdotes) the least racist airport for re-entry to the US?

I’ve had family flown to the US, and they are treated differently depending on the airport. Yes, they are not white. For example, ORD airport custom/immigration stuff are a bunch of xxxxxxxxxx, they get profiled for secondary inspection and …. like that. Yes, old fragile folks are really a security threat to this country… SEA on the other hand is respectful.

I’m flying Delta, but flying through to SEA does not work schedule wise, and so my options are MSP, SLC, DTW and JFK, and was wondering which of these airports would be least racist/discriminatory.

Do you have any advice, anecdotes or opinions on the matter? Join this forum thread to join the discussion.

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View Comments (8)


  1. fotographer

    June 15, 2018 at 4:35 am

    why would you ask a question like that?
    I being of Indian decent, have never experience any undo screening etc.. if you have nothing to hide, they have nothing to look for.
    Remember its not the airport but the agents that work at the airport, so you might want to re-word your question

  2. MaxVO


    June 15, 2018 at 8:13 am

    I advise you to move this subject to OMNI/PR, and you’ll get lots of “quality” opinions.

  3. milesandmoremiles

    June 15, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Why would you publicize such a junk thread?

  4. arcticflier

    June 15, 2018 at 9:31 am

    I fly through ORD frequently and the majority of TSA agents are various minorities in my experience.

    This is from the website:

    “Ten years after the introduction of Federal screening at our Nation’s domestic airports, the TSA workforce is one of the most diverse in the Federal government. Our diversity spans every demographic—race, religion, ethnicity, gender—and cultural background. TSA draws its employees from the law enforcement community, private industry, and the military. In fact, our workforce exceeds the Civilian Labor Force (CLF) participation rates for the three largest minority groups (Hispanic, African American, and Asian American) and approximately 23 percent of our workforce are veterans of the United States Armed Forces”.

  5. strickerj

    June 15, 2018 at 9:57 am

    This is a rather inflammatory question (to phrase it as “which airports are the least racist” presumes that “racist” is the default condition), and I imagine there’s enough variation among agents within each airport that predicting which location would be smoothest is a fool’s errand. No wonder the linked thread got moved to Bad OMNI.

  6. JackE

    June 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Yet another racism story that can’t or won’t define racism. Enough already.

  7. anirudh666

    June 17, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Indians get screened quite a bit at Newark (EWR). A small number of them were convicted of work visa fraud, so all Indians passing through EWR can expect extra scrutiny, especially if they’re on a work or student visa. Sounds dumb but it’s true.

  8. ChinaShrek

    June 17, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Most (all?) people are racist even if they aren’t aware of their own biases.

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