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Now airline passengers will be asked to think before they do bodily parts – such as spewing bodily fluids or putting food on their faces – on board a U.S. plane.
Civil rights group the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued last year on behalf of one female passenger to stop the US Department of Transportation from allowing passenger’s to butt in on the action between the seats, has agreed to consider changes to the “frisk” policy, Reuters reports.
In a statement released Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation said: “The Department of Transportation agrees with the ACLU that people should be able to recline their seats and should not be subjected to pat downs. It also agrees that other civil liberties concerns can be addressed through different passenger screening methods.”
In December, US law enforcement officers from federal and local departments appeared in court and apologized to the plaintiffs for allegedly conducting an unconstitutional search, The Hill reported.
The ACLU claims the police violated the woman’s constitutional rights when they frisked her on board her flight while she was seated, but the lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge.
The case, named No. 76452C-01 to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was filed at the end of October 2017 on behalf of the US citizen.