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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 03:16 PM

ACLU: CBP Can't Detain Domestic Flight Passengers for Refusing Suspicionless ID Checks

In February 2017, two U.S. CBP officers stood on a jet bridge at New York’s JFK Airport to meet Delta Flight 1583 as it taxied to the gate upon arrival from San Francisco. As passengers prepared to deplane, they were told by flight attendants — at the direction of the two officers — that all passengers would have to show identification documents to the officers in order to exit. The passengers were held on the plane as the CBP officers, standing immediately outside the aircraft door, scrutinized each traveler's identification upon exit.

Passengers were confused, nervous, and afraid, and felt they had no choice but to comply. When some passengers asked why they were being held and forced to show identification, the officers provided no justification or explanation. In response to press inquiries, CBP characterized the officers’ actions as “routine” and consistent with agency policy.

The incident generated significant public outcry — and for good reason. The government does not have the authority to detain us on a plane, even briefly, or to require us to show identification documents without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. We do not live in a police state, and what CBP did that day was unconstitutional.

Today we’re announcing a settlement agreement to prevent what happened on Flight 1583 from happening again.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/cbp-cant-detain-domestic-flight-passengers-refusing-suspicionless-id-checks

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 06:13 PM

1. While I'm glad it turned out the way it did,

it would have been nice if they could have paid a little something to the passengers for terrorizing them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 06:14 PM

2. Thank heavens for the ACLU.

With the Trump administration running roughshod over laws and rights, we need this organization to fight for all of us. I’ve been donating for years, but I may try to send extra dollars with all the cases they’re having to take to court.

Also, I wish businesses like the airlines would step up and protect passenger rights. The airline did not have to allow the agents to conduct their search without a legal warrant. Their employees probably did not know that, but everyone needs to be more aware of the illegal actions that the Trump administration takes so they can head them off when possible.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 06:22 PM

3. Papers please...

I wonder if the correct response to them passing you through is.....under his eye.

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