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Names on the TSA's "No Fly" list for no reason

Updated on August 31, 2012


The TSA, or Transportation Security Administration, has had a pretty good track record of making traveling by airplane difficult for people. Since September 11, 2001 there have been crackdowns on everything related to travel. The TSA screens each person and sometimes they take their position too far. This has been the cause of why many people now refuse to use airlines when traveling unless it is absolutely the only option.

The TSA has been known for "harassing" passengers over medical issues, handicaps and items they travel with. The latest headline regarding the TSA, is that of a toddler being on the No-fly list.

The family of three is of Middle Eastern descent and uphold the tradition of women wearing hijab or headscarf but they have living in the United States their entire lives. However, they were not asked to leave the plane because of either of the parents or their ethnicity. Their 18 month old daughter was the "issue." After getting through the airport, passing security check point and boarding the plane, a TSA agent approached them at their seats and asked them to exit the aircraft. They were told that it was due to their daughter being on the "no fly" or watch list.

The parents, who were rightfully embarrassed, complied to try and straight out the problem. After the situation was looked into further it was discovered that the toddler was not listed on any data base used by TSA. The only explanation was that it was the result of a computer glitch. The family then refused to board the plane because of the humilation they had to suffer due to this issue.

TSA did state to CNN that if someone is on the "no fly" list they wouldn't have been given a boarding pass. Furthermore, there are only around 2,000 names on the list, of that only 500 are United States citizens.


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