Back in November 2009 I blogged about a man arrested at a TSA checkpoint at Albuquerque Airport for refusing to present his identification to TSA agents.
He was charged with:
- concealing identity
- disorderly conduct
- refusing to obey an officer
- criminal trespass
His court date has finally arrived.
It’s one thing to discuss the freedom of Americans to travel outside the United States, as I did in a recent Cuban travel post, but I literally weep for America whenever I see stories like this.
While an airline has a legitimate interest in insuring that a passengers’ identity matches their boarding card, I find it vile that a government agency can require proper documentation to travel internally within the United States. This is not even a post about the security theater the TSA engages in–that’s beside the point here. While Congress has decided the TSA should "keep us safe" by screening all passengers, I find no coherent rationale for the TSA requiring the presentation of identification, as if passing through a metal detector and having our luggage screened is not enough. Does the Privileges and Immunities Clause mean anything anymore?
If the TSA’s fancy equipment is really able to protect us from harm, there should be no need for the presentation of identification and especially the denial of access to the airport if we refuse to identify ourselves to government officials.
I know, believe me I know, that some of you are getting sick of TSA rants, but they are not going to stop. They are only going to intensify as our civil liberties continued to be eroded by a counterproductive agency and department that (and it takes some charity to say this) is severely misguided in its vision of promoting safety and security in the U.S.