Due Process Vanishes In Thin Air
from the you-can't-get-on-the-don't-fly-list,-but-you-can't-get-off dept
I’ve been travelling a lot recently, and gone through numerous airport security checks – some much more thorough than others. I don’t know if I feel any safer, though. Clearly, the government is trying to make the process of flying safer – but I’m beginning to wonder how much is just window-dressing, and how much is actually helping. As they have in the past, they seem to be missing the point that “more data isn’t better data”. The latest example of this is the “no fly” list they’ve provided airports that means some people are delayed ridiculous lengths of time, just because they have a similar name to a potential suspect. There is, apparently, no way off this list – no matter how many times you’ve proven you’re not the suspect in question. Some people say they need to get the FBI’s permission before they can board a flight, while others need to get to the airport 4 hours ahead of any flight, knowing that they’re going to be detained. I have no problem, whatsoever, with making the friendly skies safer – but, reading stories like this make you realize just how badly we’ve gone about this process. There’s a difference between having “smarter information” and having “more information”, and it seems that the Transportation Security Administration hasn’t figured this out yet.