Federal court rules “no fly list” is unconstitutional

The ACLU has put out a press release announcing that it has won a challenge to the constitutionality of “no fly lists.”

In yesterday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown wrote, “Although there are perhaps viable alternatives to flying for domestic travel within the continental United States such as traveling by car or train, the Court disagrees with Defendants’ contention that international air travel is a mere convenience in light of the realities of our modern world. Such an argument ignores the numerous reasons an individual may have for wanting or needing to travel overseas quickly such as for the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, a business opportunity, or a religious obligation… the Court concludes on this record that Plaintiffs have a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the list.”

It’s about time.  How can US citizens can be denied access to air travel without due process providing an ability to challenge their status?