Kaylan Policherla had no ticket or baggage when he walked up to a passenger security gate Monday morning at Detroit Metro Airport -- and just kept going.
"He just walked into the airport, past the individual who checks your boarding pass and ID and then walked through the passenger screening checkpoint without stopping," said airport spokesman Michael Conway.
Policherla, 27, a native of India who became a U.S. citizen in 2005 and lives in Bryan, Ohio, ignored Transportation Security Administration officers at the McNamara Terminal who repeatedly told him to stop, officials said. The breach happened at about 7:45 a.m...
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday's incident demonstrates why ethnic and religious profiling are poor indicators of potential security problems.
Though some witnesses reported the man involved in the incident was Arabic, Policherla is from India and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2005, according to an article about the naturalization ceremony in the Blade newspaper of Toledo.
Unusual behavior, Walid said, is the best indicator of a security issue.
"He should have complied to the request to show his ID and ticket if he indeed understood English well enough to comprehend," Walid said of Policherla. "Anyone who is acting suspicious and not complying to an order, whether from India or Sweden, they should be pulled aside and questioned." (More)