It's Time to Ditch the No-Fly List

Since when do the feds dispense travel like a privilege?
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2010 1:52 PM CDT
It's Time to Ditch the No-Fly List
TSA officer Robert Howard signals an airline passenger forward at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in SeaTac, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – The no-fly list was a good idea that got lost in the execution, and it's time the TSA owns up to that and just kills the list, writes Steve Chapman for Reason. It's not quite clear what it takes to get on the list, much less off it, Chapman contends. What's more, if the feds truly consider someone too dangerous to travel, shouldn't that person be arrested and prosecuted instead of being allowed to lounge around an airport terminal?

"There is a broader problem," writes Chapman. "If the federal government began requiring every citizen to provide identification for each trip in a car or ride on a bus, there would be a mass uprising. Somehow, though, Americans have come to see commercial air travel as a privilege to be dispensed by the government." (Read more no-fly list stories.)

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