No-fly list redress procedures ruled unconstitutional

PORTLAND, Ore. - A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government violated the rights of 13 people on its no-fly list by depriving them of their constitutional right to travel, and gave them no adequate way to challenge their placement on the list.

It's the nation's first ruling to label the no-fly list redress procedures unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown's decision handed down Tuesday says the procedure offered to people to remove themselves from the list fails to give travelers a meaningful mechanism to challenge their placement.

Thirteen people challenged their placement on the list in 2010, including four military veterans.

Initially, Brown said she couldn't rule on the case. In 2012, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision and sent the case back to her.

The size of the no-fly list has grown considerably since its creation after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Between 2011 and 2012, the Associated Press found that it had doubled to 21,000 names. Most are foreign; only an estimated 500 or so are American.

It has been widely cited as being faulty. In 2012, a New Jersey couple said they were booted from their JetBlue flight after their 18-month-old daughter's name appeared on a no-fly list.

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