ID Requirement To Fly Called Privacy Invasion

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Does requiring airline passengers to show identification amount to an “unreasonable search” under the Constitution? USA Today reports that John Gilmore’s challenge of the federal ID requirement, which soon could get a hearing before a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco, is another test of the balance between security concerns and civil liberties. Gilmore asserts the right to travel anonymously, without the government monitoring him. “I believe I have a right to travel in my own country without presenting what amounts to an internal passport,” Gilmore, 49, of San Francisco, told USA Today. “I have a right to be anonymous, (to not) be tracked by my government for no good reason.”

Some say Gilmore is out of touch with the realities of air travel since the Sept. 11 attacks. Kent Scheidegger of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a conservative group in Sacramento, says the ID requirement is good policy and “eminently constitutional.” He says: “The Fourth Amendment forbids not searches that you don’t like, it forbids unreasonable searches. Nothing could be more reasonable at this time than to know who you’re flying with.”

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-10-10-privacy_x.htm

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