The US Code, under the Transportation section, defines ‘citizen of the United States‘ as a corporation!
For context, the corporation is the entity created after I was born and evidenced by the short-form birth certificate stating ‘JOHN S. SMITH’.
Here’s the code:
(15)“citizen of the United States” means—
(A) an individual who is a citizen of the United States;
(B) a partnership each of whose partners is an individual who is a citizen of the United States; or
(C) a corporation or association organized under the laws of the United States or a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States, of which the president and at least two-thirds of the board of directors and other managing officers are citizens of the United States, which is under the actual control of citizens of the United States, and in which at least 75 percent of the voting interest is owned or controlled by persons that are citizens of the United States.
Earlier on the page, they define “air carrier“:
(2) “air carrier” means a citizen of the United States undertaking by any means, directly or indirectly, to provide air transportation. (source)
Now that we know ‘citizen of the United States’ is a corporation, partnership or individual sole-proprietor-ship, the above definition makes sense. Only a corporation could provide air transportation. A man, for the most part, could not.
For more about the term “individual”, we might look at 5 USC 552a:
(2) the term “individual” means a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence; (source)
When someone goes through TSA, they are being treated as U.S. corporation organized under the laws of the United States (the govt or it’s municipal corporation), meaning under federal jurisdiction). Travelers are not being treated as a man or as a state national.
I for one plan to rebut the TSA’s claim for jurisdiction to interview and search me, a state national, not engaged in interstate commerce.
I see a lot of parallels with the traveling vs driving topic. This video shows state nationals do not need license or tagged cars to use the roads. Similarly, state nationals do not need to allow the federation’s TSA to search them in order to board a plane.
‘Gitizen of the United States’ is a word trap, one of many. I just say I’m a state national or a native of my state. I’m no longer using the word citizen.