Want to Fly? Your Papers, Please
Did you know that airline officials can’t force you to show your ID before a flight? Every sign you see at U.S. airports that says otherwise is false. Also, the regulations governing this area are being kept secret from the public. Read about the man petitioning the Supreme Court to shed light on the situation.
Does the government have the right to keep secret a law that is applied to millions of Americans every day? That’s the question John Gilmore has asked the Supreme Court to decide in his petition to the Court, filed on the 4th of August 2006.
When John, an American citizen, decided to take a trip to Washington, DC back on the 4th of July 2002, he was told at Oakland International Airport that he had to produce his ID if he wanted to travel. He asked to see the law demanding he show his ‘papers’ and was told after a time that the law was secret and no, he wouldn’t be allowed to read it.
He hasn’t flown in his own country since.