Philip Mocek, the Seattle man who refused to show his ID while passing through the TSA checkpoint at the Albuqueque Sunport was charged with disorderly conduct, concealing his identity, refusing to obey a police officer and criminal trespass.
During the process of attempting to clear security without ID he also began filiming the process. Police alleged that he created a disturbance and refused to leave and they arrested him and charged him with the misdemeanors.
The incident took place in November 2009 and Mr. Mocek had to come back to Albuquerque for the trial this week. He came by way of Amtrak and states that he has not used air travel since he flew home from Albuquerque following the incident. It wasn’t clear if he offered up his ID for that flight home, but it is assumed that he did so.
Philip Mocek’s trial was by jury in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court and the six-woman jury acquitted him on all counts.
We know that Mr. Mocek was acquitted. We know that he now travels by rail rather than by air. What is apparently still a bit uncertain is the outcome of this trial on TSA regulations.
The following is a statement by Mocek following his acquittal. “I think probably most significantly from the case we found via testimony from a (Transportation Security Administration) representative and from an Albuquerque police officer, they both testified that, in no uncertain terms, you do not have to show ID in order to fly and that you can use cameras in public areas of the airport.”
Does that really mean you don’t have to identify yourself when you fly? Don’t bet on it.
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