Phillip Mocek, the man who taught us that we do not need identification to board a plane, was found not guilty today of disorderly conduct, concealing his identification and refusing to obey a police officer.
Mocek, a frequent traveler, attempted to board a plane on Nov. 15, 2009 in Albuquerque without having to show his identification.
He most likely had his ID. He just didn’t want to show it because he knew something that many of us at the time did not know. That there is no law requiring us to surrender our ID to Transportation Security Administration officials as a condition to board a plane.
That was just typical hogwash the TSA fed us, kind of like when they say we are not allowed to videotape checkpoints.
Speaking of which, Mocek’s traveling companion, Jesse Gallagos. began videotaping his arrest and ended up getting detained himself and banned from the airport for 24 hours, meaning both men missed their flights.
Prosecutors tried to convince the jury that these men went to the airport with “an agenda” to make cops look stupid, which I can assure you, can be done without an agenda.
Not that having an agenda is anything illegal.It is just proper planning.
Defense attorneys countered that this case was about videotaping cops, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to readers of this blog.
According to The Albuquerque Journal.
Defense co-counsel Nancy Hollander countered, in her opening statement, that the case was about filming.
“It’s about the fact that Mr. Mocek was filming in a public place where he had a right to film. … He decided to film the process as he went through the TSA checkpoint.”
She said there is no law that prohibits filming in the airport or at the checkpoint — although the TSA states that local or state laws may prohibit the practice or the TSA may ask someone to stop if they are “interfering with the screening process” or taking photos of certain monitors.
“The other thing that I suppose we all learned from this case … is that even though there are signs up that say you’re required to have a government ID to travel, you’re really not required to have a government ID to travel,” Hollander said.