It’s been a week since I posted to this blog about my experience being taken from my flight to Detroit and detained for “suspicious activity.” The response to the post has been overwhelming and, for the most, part supportive.
I have done several interviews with media outlets and have subsequently written a few accounts for other publications, but I kept coming back to the idea that the story is not about me. It’s about our rights. We live in a country that was founded on distinct principles of freedom and democracy. We have a constitution to protect those tenets. There is nothing clearer than that.
What happened to me violates those rights–specifically the Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The attention my blog post received clearly demonstrates the need for continued dialogue and action about where we stand as a country in making sure all Americans’ rights are preserved. There are ways to ensure safety and protect our rights. We need to find a balance.
- Huffington Post: “Shoshana Hebshi and the Big Flaw in Airport Security”
- The Atlantic: “Just a Little More on Flying While Non-White”
- The Economist: “The Curious Case of Shoshana Hebshi”
- Des Moines Register: “A Troubling Reminder of Rights Put Aside”