Muslim and Sikh groups have praised the Transportation Security Administration in the United States for rolling back screening rules on passengers arriving from 14 primarily Islamic countries.
The acknowledgment of progress came even as some worry that profiling will continue - raising questions about effectiveness as well as fairness.
The new rules had been enacted after a Nigerian Muslim man tried and failed to explode a bomb onboard a Northwest Airlines jet bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.
Civil liberty groups said the rules amounted to ethnic and religious profiling, Religion News Service reports.
The suspect in that case, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had not been subjected to extra screening despite being listed in a government database of suspects.
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