A federal judge ruled that people placed on the U.S. government’s no-fly list have a constitutionally protected interest in traveling by air, and the right to due process when it’s denied.
U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown of Portland, in an opinion released late Wednesday, rejected the government’s assertion that people on the no-fly list can travel by other means, and that being on the list does not deprive them of their liberty. She said it ignores “the realities of our modern world.”
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of 13 people on the no-fly list. The plaintiffs want to be removed from the list or told why their names appear.