I’ve mentioned a few times in the past the “security” tactic the TSA employs at some airports (including JFK and SFO) whereby they ask you to say your name as they check your ID (and contrary to popular belief/logic, this is not a behavior detection technique, given that the agents asking these questions aren’t behavior detection officers).
But I really am curious about this from a legal perspective. Can you legally be denied entry to the secure area for refusing to say your name? I’m looking at the TSA’s website, and I don’t see any reference to having to answer any questions in order to be allowed to pass through the checkpoint, as long as you submit yourself to all the required security. Presumably the purpose of the program is to ensure nobody passes through the checkpoint with a fake ID, though it would seem to me that offering to show an alternative form of identification would accomplish the same purpose, no?
So does anyone know what the law actually is? Nothing I’ll lose sleep over, but I’m just kind of curious.