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While this thread may invoke Godwin's rule with the first post I think there's a point to be made still:

TSA Announces Enhancements to Airport ID Requirements to Increase Safety
http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/enhance_id_requirements....

June 5, 2008

Beginning Saturday, June 21, 2008 passengers that willfully refuse to provide identification at security checkpoint will be denied access to the secure area of airports. This change will apply exclusively to individuals that simply refuse to provide any identification or assist transportation security officers in ascertaining their identity.

This new procedure will not affect passengers that may have misplaced, lost or otherwise do not have ID but are cooperative with officers. Cooperative passengers without ID may be subjected to additional screening protocols, including enhanced physical screening, enhanced carry-on and/or checked baggage screening, interviews with behavior detection or law enforcement officers and other measures.


Of course you still have the "right" to get on a bus or train and use those means as transport but our freedom of movement is slowly being whittled away as "enhancements" to our "security" are being made. This is all for our own good of course.

Passing through the Amsterdam airport's Schengen zone the only thing of interest to the person manning the checkpoint was whether or not I had a boarding pass for a Schengen country (non-Schengen passengers need to use a different checkpoint with passport control). Had this been in the US I would have had to display my ID and boarding pass, and perhaps my boarding pass again after the walk-through metal detector and that's flying within the same country!
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