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Customs agents reportedly checked every passenger's ID on a domestic flight to JFK airport


Passengers on a flight heading to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York reportedly had to show their IDs to customs agents before leaving the plane Wednesday night.

Two passengers captured photos of agents inspecting IDs and posted them on Twitter. The flight was Delta Flight 1583 from San Francisco. 

Here are two photos of the incident.

Matt O'Rourke, who photographed two agents standing next to the plane, told Gothamist the agents were looking "really carefully." 

"You could tell they weren't just looking for a name," O'Rourke said. He added that after flying 200,000 miles last year, he had never had his identification checked on a domestic flight. 

Jordan Wells, an attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, said his office was looking into the incident. 

To me it seems pretty clear to me what they are doing, in light of the order.
Ward Oliver

Ward Oliver, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, said the move was reminiscent of President Trump's new guidelines regarding immigration policy.

A Port Authority spokesman deferred comment to Delta and Customs and Border Protection. Spokespeople for both agencies did not respond to Gothamist's requests for comment.


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