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Thursday, January 05, 2006

4 Year-Old on the No-Fly List?

Oh good grief!

I remember a couple of years ago, flying to Seattle, there was a 2 year old selected for special random screening. Mom coached her in holding her arms up and tried to make it a game while the security guards wanded her. Because, you know, those 2 year old girls are commonly suicide bombers.

This time travelling was much saner, with everyone having learned the new drill (remove shoes and place in bin before passing through the arch) but things so quickly turn from simple to stupid. If I felt these measures were actually making us safer, it'd be one thing, but someone needs to explain to me how a four year old kid is a threat, other than from crying because his ears hurt on take-off or landing.


  • If bad people knew children would not be checked, they might be used as mules.

    By Blogger Kim, at 7:57 AM  

  • Kim is quite correct, which is why children were so frequently used as drug mules. Cocaine in diapers was pretty common for awhile.

    Regarding airport security though:

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12:55 PM  

  • Ammy, sorry for the random contact but my wife and I shared the 1816 san jose ave home in alameda with Frank and Janelle and I am trying to contact them in Richland, Washington. Can you give me any info, or forward my email to them Thanks for any help.

    By Blogger shaunandkenzie, at 2:30 PM  

  • " If bad people knew children would not be checked, they might be used as mules."
    Actually, if the process is followed correctly. children aren't checked

    The article says:
    "TSA regional spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said the agency tells airlines not to deny boarding to children under 12 or select them for extra security checks even if their names match ones on the list.

    "We do not require ID for children because there are no children on the list," Harmon said. "If it's a child, ticket agents have the authority to immediately de-select them."

    This isn't a case of stupid policy, this is a case of doofus airline personnel not following the policy.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 9:36 PM  

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