Air travel has long been a 4th Amendment-free zone, with warrantless searches. But Delta Airlines has found two more Amendments thatb it thinks we should do without.
Delta Airlines will not allow firearms in checked bags on flights to Washington D.C., ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this coming Wednesday, following last week’s deadly riot at the Capitol.
Since that article was published, American, United and Southwest have adopted the same policies. I’m sure no one with nefarious purposes in mind would ever even consider driving to DC. Once the airlines realize they’ve made the entire District safe from “gun violence,” they’ll no doubt extend the ban on lawfully possessed and transported firearms to all flights indefinitely.
The Delta spokesperson also confirmed that over 800 people have been placed on its no-fly list for not complying with its face mask requirements or other unruly behavior related to the U.S. election results.
Stupid as the requirement might be, the airlines can insist that passengers wear masks. And unruly behavior on an aircraft can be dangerous. But what about that “unruly behavior related to the U.S. election results“?
The announcement came after Trump supporters on one of Delta’s flights from Salt Lake City to Washington D.C harassed Republican Senator Mitt Romney at an airport, after he rejected efforts to stop the certification of Biden’s victory last week.
The “unruly behavior” was comprised of people peacefully voicing their political views to a Senator who they viewed as stabbing them in the back. Speaking. Chanting. Not on the plane, but in the terminal. Delta is now twittering Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights in a public space.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
They were peacefully, if rather vocally, assembling and petitioning a government official.
Delta, however, is having none of that. That’s three rights down. Only seven more to go.
This is disappointing on another level as well. Back when I frequently traveled by air, Delta was one of my preferred airlines. Never once did they nearly crash a plane I was on, have to make multiple attempts at take-off, or let a passenger pilot the plane (yes, all those have happened to me, and more).
Then again, maybe I was just lucky.