The American Civil Liberties Union and Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of passengers of a domestic Delta Airlines flight who were held and searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents before being allowed to deplane. Every single passenger on Flight 1583 from San Francisco to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was stopped and had their identity documents seized and searched.
The CBP agents, acting at the behest of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, violated the passengers’ rights against unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, the lawsuit charges. The government’s policy also violates the Administrative Procedure Act. The case was filed in U.S. District Court/Eastern District of New York. It names officials from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as defendants.