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No Fly List!!! - You have to be joking!

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Submitted by Petrina Johnston, Toronto Canada (Canada), Dec 28, 2009 at 18:10

My 70 year old husband has been on the "No Fly List" since 2003. We only found this out in 2004 when we were at the check-in at Toronto Airport enroute to Baltimore to join an American Cruise Ship bound for the Med. We honestly thought that this was a joke since John has worked mostly for American Companies for the last 45 years, and has a TN Visa which is renewed every year.

On December 18th we were returning via Peurto Rico to Philadelphia then on to Toronto; and once again we were delayed due to John's name being on the "No Fly LIst" The check-in clerk at US Airlines laughed and immediately asked her boss to over-ride the restriction, which he did. We were the last people to get through the check-in, but then had to go through the Security Check with the task of taking the shoes off etc., but with no seat for a 70 Year old man to sit down and put his shoes back on again.

Today we learned that there are only 4,000 names on the "No Fly List", but that a 23 year old Nigerian Terrorist who's father visited the U.S., embassy in person to warn them about his son, and who had been refused a Visa by the U.K., had been allowed to board that the flight to Detroit and almost murdered 300 plus people.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

The whole approach is laughable. Let's hope the Northwest Airlines shock leads to some sensible improvements.

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