Feds to End Suspicionless Passenger ID Checks on U.S. Flights

Charles Huff
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Family Law and Criminal Law Attorney

Our Fourth Amendment rights keep us free from unreasonable detention and search and seizure. Recently, when the country’s collective anxiety was running high over travel bans and immigration crackdowns, some U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers apparently got a little ahead of themselves and forgot about these rights.

A tweet went viral on Feb. 22, 2017, showing CBP officers refusing to let passengers on a San Francisco to New York flight get off the plane without submitting to an identification check. The news of a customs checkpoint on a domestic flight was unprecedented.

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