Thursday, August 21, 2008

Travelers on 'no fly' list can sue in court

San Francisco Chronicle article on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling that allows a traveler on the TSA's "No Fly" list to challenge their inclusion on that list in federal court:
Critics of the government's secret no-fly list scored a potentially important victory Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that would-be passengers can ask a judge and jury to decide whether their inclusion on the list violates their rights.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a suit by a former Stanford University student who was detained and handcuffed in 2005 as she was about to board a plane to her native Malaysia.

The ruling is apparently the first to allow a challenge to the no-fly list to proceed in a federal trial court, said the plaintiff's lawyer, Marwa Elzankaly.

Article here. Given that the whole process of who gets red-flagged on to the no-fly list is secret, this seems a step in the right direction towards achieving redress for improper inclusion on the list.

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