"The court concludes international travel is not a mere convenience or luxury in this modern world. Indeed, for many international travel is a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society," Brown wrote in her 65-page ruling. "One need not look beyond the hardships suffered by Plaintiffs to understand the significance of the deprivation of the right to travel internationally."
Many of the judge's examples of the hardships focused on Americans who became stuck overseas after being added, usually incorrectly, to the no-fly list. In addition to being denied their right to fly, the judge wrote, these stranded passengers suffered due to time away from their family and loss of job opportunities. It's obviously a good thing to see the government calling itself out for mistreating its own citizens, but what we're most excited about is the wording of the decision, the fact that the judge called international travel a "right."
While it might not have any deeper impact now, we definitely feel that such a mindset will only lead to more passenger-friendly rulings down the road as the airline industry continues to steamroll its way back to profitability at the expense of 90% of its passengers (aka, economy flyers). Lord knows flyers could use a friend in the government, especially if 8 year-olds continue to pop up on the no fly list and travelers are held responsible for the federal deficit.