craft in the United States each year.
The TransportationSecurity Administration (“TSA”) is given the task of ensuringtheir safety, the safety of airline and airport personnel and, asthe events of September 11, 2001, demonstrate, the safety of the general public from risks arising from commercial air-plane flights. To do so, the TSA conducts airport screeningsearches of all passengers entering the secured area of the air-port. We have previously held such airport screening searchesare constitutionally reasonable administrative searches. Todaywe clarify that the reasonableness of such searches does notdepend, in whole or in part, upon the consent of the passengerbeing searched.
On February 1, 2003, Daniel Kuualoha Aukai arrived at theHonolulu International Airport intending to take a HawaiianAirlines flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Kona, Hawaii. Heproceeded to check in at the ticket counter but did not producea government-issued picture identification. Accordingly, theticket agent wrote the phrase “No ID” on Aukai’s boardingpass.Aukai then proceeded to the security checkpoint, at whichsigns were posted advising prospective passengers that theyand their carry-on baggage were subject to search. He enteredthe security checkpoint at approximately 9:00 a.m., placed hisshoes and a few other items into a plastic bin, and voluntarilywalked through the metal detector or magnetometer. The par-ties agree that the magnetometer did not signal the presenceof metal as Aukai walked through it. Nor did his belongingstrigger an alarm or otherwise raise suspicion as they passed
Bureau of Transportation Statistics, February 2007 AirlineTraffic Data, http://www.bts.gov/press_releases/2007/bts022_07/html/ bts022_07.html (last visited May 18, 2007).