This story really makes my blood boil.
A passenger scheduled to fly from Albuquerque to Seattle politely refused to show his identification to a TSA officer. The TSA officer called a supervisor. The supervisor came over and the passenger used his digital camera (which he had already verified with the airport was okay to do) to start recording the interaction. The supervisor freaked out and called the airport police. The airport police showed up and quickly arrested the passenger for "disturbing the peace."
The passenger was taken to the police station and later charged with:
- concealing identity
- disorderly conduct
- refusing to obey an officer
- criminal trespass
Bail was set at $1,000. The passenger eventually raised the bail and has returned to Seattle with a court date set.
I have contemplated doing something like this before, but have been unwilling to set aside the time to deal with the possible ramifications of my actions (jail time for example). I’d still like to, though. Maybe this winter…
I will keep you updated on this situation and leave with you the following questions: While I understand and appreciate why airlines would want to see my ID (for ticket verification purposes), how does it make us any safer to have the TSA verify our IDs when going through screening? Isn’t it true that we all go through a metal detector anyway? Didn’t the 9-11 hijackers have valid IDs?
I despise our move toward East German/Soviet style control of movement in the United States. I hope this incident will spur a re-examination of the way we think about airport security.