Saturday, January 23, 2010

Have you heard the one about the 8 year old terrorist?

Ok, so I don’t know if anyone has heard of this, but apparently there are a lot of people who get hassled going through airport security because, although they have nothing to do with terrorism, they are unknowingly on the TSA’s no flight list.

No big deal right? Just get it straightened out and be able to fly without any trouble the next time you decide to vacation outside the U.S. right? Well apparently this isn’t so for Mikey Hicks, an 8-year-old New Jersey Cub Scout and frequent traveler who has rarely boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person.

Michael Winston Hicks’s has had trouble getting through airport security ever since was a baby. He was frisked at 2 years old when airline officials explained that his name “was on the list.” He cried.

This year’s vacation to the Bahamas was no different than any of the other times he and his family have had to go through security either. It really shook up the family when Mikey was frisked on the way there, then more aggressively on the way home.

For every person on “the list,” hundreds of other innocent people may get caught up simply because they share the same name as a suspicious person or terrorist. “Over the past three years, 81,793 upset travelers have formally asked that they be struck from the watch list through the Department of Homeland Security; more than 25,000 of their cases are still pending,” according to filed reports.

Many of these unlucky frequent flyers have been forced to change their name to make flying easier for them. It sucks, but the TSA isn’t doing anything about this crazy situation. I just think it’s just crazy how an 8 year old can’t get through security without being thoroughly harassed while some crazy terrorist can successfully blow up his pants on a plane.

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