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Published:August 24th, 2009 19:05 EST
U.S. Somali Professors Decry Airport Profiling

U.S. Somali Professors Decry Airport Profiling

By SOP newswire2

Minneapolis " Two Somali-American scholars at the University of Minnesota say they`re outraged by what they consider invasive questioning and searches while traveling abroad this summer.

Abdi Samatar chairs the U`s geography department. He`s married to Cawo Abdi, a sociology professor. Since June, the husband and wife say they`ve been pulled aside a total of six times at airports for lengthy interviews that have lasted up to two and a half hours.

They believe customs officials targeted them for being Muslim and ethnic Somalis.

Earlier this month, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan -- the "Brad Pitt of India" -- made headlines around the globe when he was stopped at a New Jersey airport. Khan said, at the time, that he believed he was questioned because his Muslim name raised red flags in a post-Sept. 11 world.

But countless Somali-Americans who don`t enjoy Khan`s level of celebrity say they`ve been subjected to similar searches, called secondary inspections, upon re-entering the U.S.