• Court rules no-fly list process unconstitutional

    CWT Savvy Traveler
    Miscellaneous Middle Eastern Visa's and Passport StampsIf you’ve ever ended up on the no-fly list or known someone who’s been on the list, you know it can be completely maddening to get denied at the airport. You’re there expecting to make an international flight and you get denied for some unknown reason.

    That will have to change, after a U.S. federal court ruling earlier this week in Portland, Ore. Although the no-fly list generated by the U.S. government is the one in question, the list is used by more than a dozen other countries as well. According to published reports, 20,000 names are on the list, 500 of them U.S. citizens.

    It’s important to note that although some headlines say “no-fly list declared unconstitutional,” it is actually the process for finding out whether you are on the list and for how you can get off the list that are deemed to violate a U.S. citizen’s right to due process.

    From Judge Anna Brown’s ruling: The Court concludes international travel is not a mere convenience or luxury in this modern world. Indeed, for many international travel is a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society.

    It’s good to know that international travel is on that level. While this doesn’t have an impact yet for travelers, it will once there is a process in place to appeal one’s inclusion on the no-fly list.

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