Apr 04 2019

TSA plans to put new lying signs in airports

[This sign is a lie.]

According to a press release  issued today by the Transportation Security Administration, the TSA plans to start posting signs as shown above in airports throughout the USA, claiming that “ID Requirements Are Changing” and that  “Beginning Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID compliant license or another acceptable form of ID, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the U.S.”

According to today’s TSA press release:

REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, federal government PIV card or U.S. military ID, will be mandatory for air travel beginning on October 1, 2020. Critically important, on October 1, 2020, individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.

These signs and this and similar press releases are lies.

This isn’t the first time, and probably won’t be the last, that the TSA and/or DHS have made lying statements, issued lying press releases, or posted lying signs about the REAL-ID Act and ID to fly.

Is ID required to fly? No.

One would expect “requirements” announced by a Federal agency to be contained in laws or regulations. But the TSA’s own lawyers, officials, and witnesses testifying under oath have told judges in every lawsuit in which the issue has arisen that no law or regulation required domestic air travelers to have, carry, or show any ID cards or credentials.

The TSA’s responses to our Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests for its records of people who show up at TSA and TSA-contractor checkpoints at airports without ID show that more than 98% of them — hundreds a day, and tens of thousands every year — are allowed to continue to board their flights without carrying or showing ID.

Is this scheduled to change? No.

Changes to Federal laws require action by Congress. No bill has been introduced in the current Congress (or ever, so far as we can tell) that would impose any ID requirement for air travel.

Changes to Federal regulations require a process governed by the Administrative Procedure Act that starts with a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) published in the Federal Register.  No notice of any proposed rules related to ID to fly has been published.

In 2016, the TSA published a notice that it planned to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) — but had not yet sought that approval — for a new version of a form some air travelers without ID have been asked to fill out. (Because the form has never been submitted to, or approved by, OMB, its use is illegal and no penalty can lawfully be imposed for declining to respond to the questions on the form.)

We pointed out to the TSA and OMB that it was improper to ask OMB to approve this form without first enacting a law or promulgating regulations providing a legal basis for the form. Other organizations and individuals also objected to the proposed form. The TSA has neither responded to any of the objections nor submitted the form for OMB approval.

Will the REAL-ID Act of 2005 change this? No.

The REAL-ID Act and implementing regulations are concerned only with which ID cards are considered “acceptable”, in circumstances in which some (other) valid Federal law regulations requires ID for some Federal purpose. The REAL-ID Act itself did not purport to impose any new ID requirements, either when it was enacted, in 2010, or ever.

Will I still be allowed to fly without ID in the future? Maybe, maybe not. That’s up to the TSA.  But if the TSA or its contractors prevent you from traveling, without a lawful basis, they will be violating your rights and breaking the law.

Since the TSA is wielding power by secret internal orders and security directives to staff, contractors, and airlines, announced (if at all) through press releases rather than through proper formal notices in the Federal Register, it’s impossible to say with certainty what it will try to do. What it will do is likely to depend, in significant part, on its assessment of how widely and strongly particular assertions of illegitimate authority will be resisted.

The TSA has been making threats to start harassing residents of states and territories that it hasn’t chosen — in what it has claimed is its standardless discretion — to certify as being sufficiently “compliant” with the REAL-ID Act, or to give extensions of time to comply. These certifications and extensions of time have had little apparent relationship with actual compliance, so they too are impossible to predict.

The next of these threats is an extension of time to California to comply with the REAL-ID Act which is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on April 10, 2019.

We suspect, especially after today’s press release — which focuses on an arbitrary date of October 1, 2020, rather than any of the “extension” expiration dates — that the DHS will either certify California and all of the other states and territories as “compliant” (even if they aren’t) or extend their time to comply until October 1, 2020.

34 thoughts on “TSA plans to put new lying signs in airports

  1. Does this indicate that there will be a new law ahead?

    Real ID ACT of 2019?

    This tactic of signage may well be just to catch objections.

  2. The above two videos, come right out and say rules are changing as of 2020.

    This must mean that they will back it up with a new law; otherwise it will mean a collision on that date….court cases etc.

  3. A provocation may occur to bring in a National ID…..with in the time frame,

    Which means it was planned ahead,

  4. I can’t wait to see what happens when the TSA demands citizens show them their smartphone digital Drivers Licenses! What could possibly go wrong?

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  6. (1) I can VOTE but I can’t fly?!
    (2) Restrict travel — major step in dictatorships.
    (3) It is a well documented FACT that TSA has never caught a Terrorist, but, TSA Human Resources has found a whole lot of TERRORISTS. As a matter of fact, TSA Human Resources only hires Terrorists. The best “anti-terrorist” move the USA could make, would be to arrest everyone that TSA Human Resources hires because that is all they hire, Terrorists. Rapists, Thieves, Muggers, Pedophiles, Drug Smugglers. —————–
    “Integrity, Team Spirit, Innovation” the TSA Core Values is sewn around the border of the TSA patch. Have you ever seen an organization that had to SEW A REMINDER not to STEAL, LIE, and CHEAT on their own shoulders!!!! They STEAL from the “abandoned” items, BACK-STAB the PASSENGERS and their CO-Workers and “INNOVATIVELY” CHEAT on their own tests.
    Supervisors PADDING their hours to make house payments.
    Supervisors staggering in drunk.
    Supervisors yelling all NON-Christians should leave the country
    Supervisors “alerting” one another to “Red Team” testing.
    Supervisors expressing their desire to see certain U.S. Senators DEAD
    FSDs stealing bonus money
    FSDs demanding “special” treatment for their friends.
    TAKING “Voluntary” confiscated items home ……….

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  8. Each of these Agency’s trying to out do the other to gain from the Lord God Rothschild and his gang of murderous thieves, a nod or a few dollars more. What a bunch of traitors they all are, relatives to some Government paid for sell out, a person that can be used to change something about society that doesn’t need changing, that shouldn’t be changed, a token, or just a stooge.
    Forgive them father, they know not what they do! BS, they know exactly what they are doing, they are Freud’s dream come true, Pavlov’s dogs, except dogs are so much better than any of them, loyal, faithful, whereas these scum bags are anything but.
    Oh yeah, deprive a human long enough and they will do anything to catch up, so we have all these third rate humans today, running all these Government turn coat agency’s, willing to do anything they are told and just so they can think, they are the man!
    What a terrible, bloody, joke on all of us, the Leadership and their Government is.
    When the soldier refuses to kill the innocent, when the police refuse to enforce unjust laws, when the school teachers refuse to teach little children lies, when the citizens in all the agency’s refuse to sell out their fellow citizen, then we might see some changes for the better. Until this is the norm, though, count on things becoming unbearable.

  9. We DO NOT NEED a TSA ID to travel by taxi-cab.
    We DO NOT NEED a TSA ID to travel by bus.
    We DO NOT NEED a TSA ID to travel by train.
    We DO NOT NEED a TSA ID to travel by boat.
    We DO NOT NEED a TSA ID to travel by bicycle.
    We DO NOT NEED a TSA ID to travel across State lines.
    We DO NOT NEED a TSA ID to travel by horseback.
    CONCLUSION: No American citizen needs a TSA ID!

  10. Hopefully we will adopt distributed cryptocurrency so that no one can control our money, which means no more money for wars or TSA or stupid government. Everyone will be free to travel, the borders will be torn down like Berlin Wall, want to go meet friend or colleague or spouse to be in other lands… just go… no papers needed. Love :)

  11. I don’t understand why you Americans allow yourselves to be treated so badly. Your system of being allowed to travel is so Soviet. Didn’t realise Americans were really so acceptive of communism.

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    Fusion centers make up part of a broader federal program known as the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). According to its website, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators… have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of surveillance data, including information gathered without a warrant.

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