Nine passengers have settled a lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after they were made to show their identifications (or IDs) to border agents without the agents citing reasonable suspicion.
That announcement from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The decision prevents border agents from conducting future baseless ID checks after domestic flights, according to the ACLU.
This settlement is a win for the Fourth Amendment rights of all travelers on domestic flights … The Constitution protects passengers deplaning domestic flights just as it protects people on the street or in a car. CBP is bound by those protections, and this settlement helps make sure the agency stays within those bounds.Hugh Handeyside and Anna Diakun, ACLU
Customs and Border Protection will issue a new policy making it clear that they must follow the Fourth Constitutional Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, according to the ACLU.
The ACLU also says that Customs and Border Protection is compensating the litigants for legal expenses.
Read the rest of the American Civil Liberty Union’s report here: No more unreasonable ID checks.