TSA Ups the Ante on No ID Flying

I’ve posted before about the TSA and their strange interpretations of the word required when it comes to presenting ID while passing through their checkpoints. Up until now one has always been permitted to fly without presenting ID, so long as they are willing to undergo the extra screening at the checkpoint. Apparently the TSA has decided that too many people are choosing to exercise their rights, so they’ve decided to change the rules. Effective June 21st one will still be able to fly if they do not have any ID on them. If you have ID and choose to not show it to the TSA, however, they may choose to prevent you from flying. There will be a meeting with a TSA Behavior Detection Officer, and possibly a meeting with a law enforcement officer as well. And if they don’t like you they can reject your request to pass through the magic portal. All the while, your right to travel domestically without presenting papers shrivels up and dies. I guess the TSA is really keen on catching more illegal immigrants or kids with fake IDs, since they can’t seem to find guns or bombs too well.

Now I just need to come up with a reasonable place on my person to “lose” my ID for a few minutes while passing through the checkpoint. That should be fun.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. You keep saying “right” where does it say you have a “right” to fly through these “privately” or “government” owned airports? It sir, is not a right. it’s a privilege.

  2. Tell me again why the government is allowed to unduly interfere in my attempt to conduct a business transaction with a private party (the airline)?

    It is called the fourth ammendment. Read it some time.

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