Should you have to ask for permission from the government before you are allowed to get on a plane or cruise ship? ("Mother, may I?")
The USA Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed that airlines cruise lines, and operators of all other ships and planes -- including charter flights, air taxis, fishing vessels, etc. -- be required to get individual permission (”clearance”) from the DHS for each passenger on all flights or ocean voyages to, from, or via the USA. Unless the answer is “Yes” -- if the answer is “no” or “maybe”, or if the DHS doesn’t answer at all -- the airline wouldn’t be allowed to give you a boarding pass, or let you or your luggage on the plane.
This is the third identification-related “rulemaking” in the last month and a half in which the DHS has proposed to restrict the right to travel.
[During the public comment period on the proposed regulations the most interesting are those submitted by] the USA Department of Defense, which wants not merely military flights but also all flights operated by military contractors exempted from the DHS permission ("clearance") system. The Pentagon also says the programming the DHS wants completed within six months will take the military at least one to two full years.
As usual, our rulers will exempt themselves from this regulatory orwellian nightmare.
h/t: John Ray