From Edward Hasbrouck's PRACTICAL NOMAD blog:
Sunday, 15 October 2006 (this is for real- not the paranoid ramblings of some conspiracy theorist)
Permission to travel
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.
I filed comments this week with the DHS on behalf of the Identity Project, the World Privacy Forum, and activist entrepreneur John Gilmore, objecting to this proposal as a violation of international human rights, First Amendment rights, and privacy and government accountability laws....(http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/001156.html)