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Is there a way to find out if someone has been flagged?

Is there a way to find out if someone has been flagged?

Old Feb 6, 20, 9:35 pm
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Is there a way to find out if someone has been flagged?

As suspicious as it sounds, I'm asking this for a friend. She was born in a European country, grew up there, has lived there all her life but her parents are Kurds who fled from Turkey before she was born.
Therefore, her name is not western but to the untrained eye maybe looks Middle-Eastern or something like that. But she has a European passport.
Every time she flies, she gets extra security checks. She's picked out of a queue for extra baggage checks, she gets taken to a separate room for immigration checks or recently when she was flying to the US with a stopover in London she could not check into the second leg of the flight beforehand - she had to go to the counter at the airport.

Is there a way to find out if she is just super unlucky, or if her name has been flagged (for whatever reason - maybe she shares her name with some kind of international suspect)?
I'm not talking about bribing an official to find out or anything like that. Just if there is a legal way for her to find out if this is random or not. Because this seems to go even beyond ethnic profiling.

(Hoping this is the right forum to post this)
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Old Feb 6, 20, 11:57 pm
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There are a lot of Middle-Eastern names on the watch lists. Not only people who had the same name as a bad guy, but when bad guys stole the identity of innocents.

Has she tried applying for a redress number? If it's a mistaken identity thing that will likely help.
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Old Feb 7, 20, 1:14 am
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Not that I know of. And I am not sure if that would help with travel to countries other than the US, but it is definitely worth checking out. Thank you!
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Old Feb 7, 20, 6:50 pm
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Theres nothing suspicious at all, this question tends to get asked often. Where does your friend often travel to and from where she is getting secondary screening? Did she have any issues with CBP when coming to the US? etc. More details will help give a clearer answer. A redress number is unlikely to help internationally and really only helps those who are often miss identified by the TSA's secure flight program.

Not being able to check in may be due to several different factors and may have been dependent on the airlines rules. For example her passport and or visa may have needed to be verified by the airline.
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Old Feb 7, 20, 10:02 pm
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It doesn't take a middle eastern or exotic name.... my travel buddies surname is SMITH. No kidding. We were delayed in CANADA of all places some years ago because apparently his particular first name/last name combo appeared on some list. The very helpful Canadian officials (is that a tautology? lol) made an excellent suggestion, that he always book with his full name, as his somewhat unusual "family" middle name would prevent such occurrences in future...
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Old Feb 8, 20, 12:14 am
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Originally Posted by trooper View Post
The very helpful Canadian officials (is that a tautology? lol) made an excellent suggestion, that he always book with his full name, as his somewhat unusual "family" middle name would prevent such occurrences in future...
That approach works at times and it fails at time. Sometimes the inclusion of an additional name — no matter how uncommon — can start to trigger encountering problems that didn’t or wouldn’t happen otherwise or it makes no difference.

Being flagged is not just the result of governmental authorities, for it can sometimes be the product of the airline/airline’s security contractor. TRIP may work with dealing with US DHS in some forms, but it’s no general free pass from an IAP-related stall for a transit via say LHR even when loading the record with a referees number and a KTN.

My suggestion to the OP is that the friend should continue to travel as has been done, try to keep flying the same route and airline consistently on tickets paid using the same means of payment and then see how it goes. Most commonly, the frequency of getting treated like the OP’s friend ends up dropping over time as the individual gains increased records of being cleared and continuing the pattern.
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