Jeff Downer I spend a fair amount of time reading and participating in criminal justice blogs and forums. A common concern seems to be about traveling with outstanding arrest warrants. People want to know if they are liable to be arrested on these warrants while passing through airports and other ports of call.
The answer is arrest on an outstanding warrant is a distinct possibility. Consider the plight of the mother who was arrested on a warrant while disembarking from a Disney cruise with her family in Port Canaveral, FL (“Book her Mickey!”).
It seems that she had been arrested for stealing a pack of cigarettes at Walmart when she was 18. She had failed to pay $85 in court costs and a warrant had been issued some 22 years earlier.
She remained in custody without bail for several days until she could transferred to the originating jurisdiction of the warrant and take care of the matter.
If you do have a warrant, traveler beware.