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Tuesday, January 9th 2007

Without A Second Thought

No one much wonders under what authority the federal government finds it within its “rights” to require identification to board a plane. For most it is a given that making us “safer,” requires no question. Well…maybe it isn’t so simple, but still…shouldn’t there be a larger voiced concern over what is quite literally tantamount to a restriction on travel?

We all remember tales of requiring “papers” to travel in say, the former Soviet republic.

I’m not saying it is analogous to that above, yet, but shouldn’t there be a little more debate. Apparently the Supreme Court thinks not.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to federal airport regulations requiring passengers to show identification before they board planes.

The justices, without comment, let stand an appeals court ruling against Libertarian activist and millionaire John Gilmore. Gilmore wanted the court to force the federal government to disclose the policy that requires passengers to produce identification.

It is true you can travel without identification. Indeed my brother has done it. But if a law does exist requiring (if it merely entices or suggests the airlines/airports ask for ID it is another story) under any circumstances an ID to fly then the case should not be shied away from or kanoodled by the Supreme Court.

Here is a timeline of Gilmore v. Ashcroft/U.S./Airlines.