US government enforces showing a national ID before boarding domestic flights

The following is extracted for the article ‘US government will ban Americans from air travel effective May 2025 unless they have federalised ‘Real ID‘ driver’s license’ by Leo Hohmann.

Independent journalist Patrick Webb reports that the US government plans to launch its heavily criticised federal ID program, called Real ID, for domestic air travel on 7 May 2025.

Webb stated in a series of Twitter (now X) posts on Sunday that this will ban all adults from domestic flights unless they have replaced traditional state-issued IDs with Real IDs, raising significant concerns about privacy and state surveillance.

I decided to fact-check Webb and found him to be spot on.

On the government’s own Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) website, it states:

Are you REAL ID ready?

On May 7, 2025, US travellers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities.

This change raises major concerns about privacy and state surveillance.

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 (signed by George W. Bush) and it was presented by the Department of Homeland Security as a means to standardise the issuance of ID cards, driver’s licenses, and similar forms of identification. But what this really represents is a national ID card through back-door means. Nothing could be more un-American than a national ID card but come 7 May of next year we will all need to have one or be treated as second-class citizens.

The only other option is a US passport.

But here’s the rub: Fewer than half of Americans possess a passport, according to the US Department of State.

Without a passport, adults will be left with Real ID or so-called Enhanced ID as their only options. However, as noted by Webb, the Enhanced IDs will only be valid for land or sea travel to Mexico and Canada, not for domestic flights. Not to mention, Enhanced IDs are only issued by five states – Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Vermont.

So, it appears the goal here is to shut down air travel for a large portion of the American public, certainly those who are concerned about government abuse of the new federalised Real ID program. How convenient that this dove-tales perfectly with the globalist climate agenda known as “net zero emissions,” in which they have stated they want to see dramatically fewer people travelling by air.

Why the states ever allowed the federal government to hijack the identification process is beyond me. But why should we be surprised, as the states have allowed the feds to hijack just about everything, including the roads we drive on, our education system, the firearms business, all labour and housing, healthcare, food production and distribution – everything.

Webb reports that privacy watchdog groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”) argue that the US government is essentially forcing states to turn driver’s licenses into national IDs, “which carry severe privacy implications.”

EFF asserts that the purported goal of improving national security will not be met and instead, Real ID will lead to the erosion of privacy and the expansion of state surveillance, Webb says.

EFF likens Real ID to the Social Security number, which began as an innocuous identifier but evolved into a crucial component of numerous government services and private databases of personal information.

The American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) shares these concerns, emphasising the financial and administrative burdens of Real ID. The ACLU has joined states in opposing the law and advocating for its repeal.

About the Author
Leo Hohmann is a veteran investigative reporter and author whose book ‘Stealth Invasion‘ spent the majority of 2017 among Amazon’s top 10 books on immigration. He has spent decades researching and writing about education, immigration, crime, politics and religion.

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