Your Airport Rights Part 2/2

As a continuation of last week's article: "What Are Your Rights In An Airport", this article will look at more questions concerning your airport rights.

It can be an overwhelming experience to go through TSA, especially if you don't know your airport rights.

Here are the answers to more common questions regarding your airport rights.

Can you be strip searched at the airport?

You can be strip searched at the airport, but the officials must have "reasonable suspicion" in order to justify ordering a strip search. Additionally, it must be done in a private area. A strip search is not something that is commonly ordered.

Can you bring breast milk or formula with you on the plane?

Parents can bring bottles with more than 3 ounces of formula with them onto the plane. Security may ask that you open the bottles or containers so that they can screen and test the liquids for explosives. Formula can also be packed in your main luggage and checked in at the airport.

Can an airline employee kick you off a flight?

Airline pilots are allowed to remove passengers from their plane if they have reasonable suspicion, based off observation, that a particular passenger or party of passengers poses a flight risk or is a threat to the flight's safety. They cannot, however, remove a passenger based on discriminatory bias. This means they cannot refuse you due to your religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, national origin, or gender.

Do children have to go through airport scans?

It is not mandatory to have a child go through the airport scans, parents may opt out of them for their children. However, parents cannot exempt their children from pat-down searches.

Are you allowed to wear your religious head covering through security?

Travelers have the right to wear religious head coverings. Airport security may request that it be removed during security screenings, but you can assert your right to wear it. If, however, an alarm goes off during the screening, then they may conduct a pat down of ask you to remove it. When this happens, you have the right to request that the pat down or removal occur in a private area and that it be conducted by an officer of your gender.

If you believe that your rights were violated, consult with an experienced attorney. For more answers regarding your airport rights, visit the ACLU website here.


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