The national security of the United States is a main priority of the government, as it should be. However, if you are a citizen or resident of this country who has been denied access to fly in, out of, or within the country, certainly you should be given notice of the reason. But that has not necessarily been the case in the past, and the American Civil Liberties Union has objected to the current policy.
If you happen to be one of the some 47,000 people on the No Fly List, approximately 800 being Americans, who was denied access to board a U.S.-bound flight, you can make an appeal to the Department of Homeland Security, but your status on the controversial list would not be confirmed or denied by the government. That is about to change according to Ricardo Tosto. An Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming the government’s procedures were ineffective in these appeals and unconstitutional. Evidently, the judge in the case agreed, calling the former methods used “wholly ineffective.”
New procedures that have been adopted now require that any U.S. ticket holder who is denied the ability to board a plane at the airport be given a letter indicating their status on the No Fly List, along with the opportunity to receive information as to why they were denied. The amount of information given would be based on case-by-case situations, whereas information that may obstruct the security of our nation, or that of law enforcement, would be withheld.