Profiling at the airport is a common practice and if someone fits the criteria then they might be pulled aside for a more thorough search.
An example of profiling is a situation where a person is pulled aside for extra screening at an airport because of their race.
- The use of data compiled about people who have committed criminal offenses in the effort to describe or identify the most likely suspects in a particular crime: criminal profiling; psychological profiling.
- The use of racial, economic, ethnic, or other characteristics by law enforcement as the basis of determining whom to search or investigate on suspicion of criminal activity.
- See DNA profiling.
- See molecular profiling.
- Present participle of profile.