While existing curbs on some services from the Middle East and North Africa affect 350 U.S.-bound flights per week, extending it to the 28 European Union states plus Switzerland, Norway and Iceland would impact 390 a day, or more than 2,500 a week, the International Air Transport Association estimates. That would cost passengers $655 million in lost productivity, $216 million for longer travel times, and $195 million for renting loaner devices on board, it says.
…“Traveling with your laptop is part of everyday life,” [IATA Chief Executive Officer Alexandre] De Juniac told Bloomberg. “We are not sure that this ban is adapted to the threat. We don’t know what is the basis or intelligence that justifies this measure” [Christopher Jasper, Guy johnson, and Marine Strauss, “Wider Laptops Ban to Cost Passengers $1 Billion, Airlines Warn,” Bloomberg, 2017.05.17].
But if they don’t, what options could allow travelers to stay connected and productive while traveling to Europe?
Travelers could load all of their road-work to Google Drive or some other cloud storage that they can access from other devices.
Airlines could install Chromebooks or cheap keyboard/tablet combos in each seat as compensation for banning vital personal property from flights.
Businesses and hotels could make similar loaner devices available to international visitors.
But notice that those solutions create more information security risks and hassle for travelers, which means, once again, the terrorists win. Getting governments to deny millions of travelers the opportunity to work and communicate while traveling is a brilliant victory for terrorists, weakening the Western economy and liberty without blowing up a single plane.
“Being able to fly is one thing but constitutional protections for someone to be able to have an arms, to have the right to bear arms, to keep and bear arms, is a constitutionally protected right. And, if you’re going to take that away from someone there has to be a due process involved in it,” says Rounds [Charles Michael Ray, “Senator Rounds: Those on No Fly List Have 2nd Amendment Rights,” SDPB Radio, 2015.12.03].
Never mind syntax: Senator Rounds is trying to enunciate shallow textualism: the word arms is in the Constitution, so the right to arms is sacred; the word travel isn’t in the Constitution, so there’s no right to travel.
As the Supreme Court notes in Saenz v Roe, 98-97 (1999), the Constitution does not contain the word “travel” in any context, let alone an explicit right to travel (except for members of Congress, who are guaranteed the right to travel to and from Congress). The presumed right to travel, however, is firmly established in U.S. law and precedent. In U.S. v Guest, 383 U.S. 745 (1966), the Court noted, “It is a right that has been firmly established and repeatedly recognized.” In fact, in Shapiro v Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969), Justice Stewart noted in a concurring opinion that “it is a right broadly assertable against private interference as well as governmental action. Like the right of association, … it is a virtually unconditional personal right, guaranteed by the Constitution to us all.” It is interesting to note that the Articles of Confederation had an explicit right to travel; it is now thought that the right is so fundamental that the Framers may have thought it unnecessary to include it in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights [emphasis mine; Steve Mount, “Things That Are Not in the U.S. Constitution,” USConstitution.net, downloaded 2015.12.04].
The self-evident, universally recognizedright to travel would seem to precede the right to bear arms added to the Constitution in its Second Amendment. More Americans exercise their right to travel each day than their right to bear arms. Senator Rounds is thus positing that the government can abridge a more fundamental—and, I will argue, more universally practical—right but must not abridge a less fundamental right.
That position is untenable. Even if I spot Senator Rounds equivalence of the right to travel and the right to bear arms (a pretty generous concession, which I offer strictly for the sake of argument), our junior Senator would have two legally consistent options:
Declare that the right to travel is as sacred as the right to bear arms and vote to repeal whatever legislation allows the government to deny individuals on the terrorist watchlist their constitutionally protected right to travel.
Rounds says the U.S. Congress may consider the issue of setting laws to guide the courts on this issue. He says in the end it’s still important to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do damage. He says the repeal of part of the Patriot Act hurt the ability of intelligence agencies to stop terrorism [Ray, 2015.12.03].
Letter Translation: Yeah, I said we have a right to guns, but someone might hurt us, so let’s amp up the Patriot Act and take more rights away.
Spirit Translation: Principles? What? Quick, someone tell me what to vote for!
“The addition of hotels and convention space to Aberdeen has since created over-supply in a flat market…. It has become apparent that this market can no longer support three full-service hotels with convention facilities. While we feel we have the best employees in town, making the investment required to bring the building up to competitive status did not make business sense. In the end, there just isn’t enough business to sustain operations,” a Dakota Lodging representative said in the release. “This was a very difficult decision and one we did not make lightly” [Elisa Sand, “Ramada, Bully’s, TapZ to Close in Aberdeen,” Aberdeen American News, 2015.10.06].
Evidently Bosworth and her husband Chad Haber are in no such tight financial situation:
An eager readers sends the above Facebook posts indicating that Bosworth and Haber are sitting on enough cash to send two of their children on overseas trips. Bosworth can’t go with, since Judge John Brown is still holding her passport, but other members of her family can scout out foreign getaways.
Flights from Sioux Falls to Oslo are more than $2,000. The cheapest ticket from here to San Jose, Costa Rica, is just under $800. I can’t speak to the cost of specific camps or tours in Norway and Costa Rica, but I suspect they cost more than Art Camp at the Granary.
p.s.: Bosworth dupes continue to seek smokescreens for their idol’s failings, complaining that Attorney General Marty Jackley isn’t investigating Steve Hickey’s alleged 2012 petition missteps as avidly as he investigated Bosworth’s now proven 2014 petition perjury. AG Jackley says there’s a difference: