Posted November 14, 2018 07:11:49The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit against a Florida airport for requiring passengers to show ID to use their checked bags.
In a statement released Friday, the ACLU said it’s challenging the policy at Orlando International Airport in order to prevent it from becoming the next Target.
“This policy violates the civil rights of thousands of passengers who use their cards to make purchases at the airport, and will cost them hundreds of dollars in fines and penalties,” said Amalia C. Soto, executive director of the ACLU’s Florida chapter.
“We have no evidence that passengers are actually inconvenienced by this policy.
It is the TSA’s responsibility to make sure its policies are enforced.”
The ACLU said in its lawsuit that passengers who lack the required identification, such as drivers licenses, must present it at the check-in counter.
The group also said the policy could have a disparate impact on African Americans and Latinos.
“By requiring passengers with IDs to show their identification at the checkpoint, the TSA is making it difficult for people of color to buy their groceries and groceries at the same time,” C.
In January, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would start requiring ID cards for all passengers traveling through airports in the U.S. to help combat terrorism.