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August 16, 2005

Bring 'em on

Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout
the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's "no-fly list."

It sounds like a joke, but it's not funny to parents who miss flights
while scrambling to have babies' passports and other documents faxed.


That can happen even if the person happens to be an infant like
Sanden's daughter. (Children under 2 don't need tickets but Sanden
purchased one for her daughter to ensure she had a seat.)

"It was bizarre," Sanden said. "I was hugely pregnant, and I was like,
'We look really threatening.'"


ACLU lawyer Tim Sparapani said the problem of babies stopped by the
no-fly list illustrates some of the reasons the lists don't work.

"There's no oversight over the names," Sparapani said. "We know names
are added hastily, and when you have a name-based system you don't
focus on solid intelligence leads. You focus on names that are similar
to those that might be suspicious."

Either you're with the babies or you're with us. Bring 'em on!!!


  • At August 16, 2005, Blogger Sylvana said…

    Down with babies!

  • At August 16, 2005, Blogger Alicia said…

    My 8-year-old son James is one of those dreaded 'evildoers' that brings on the wrath of the no-fly list. It always adds at least an hour to our check-in process. But I feel so much safer knowing that the country is safe from the likes of my son...

  • At August 16, 2005, Blogger cookie christine said…

    Yes, we must protect ourselves from eight year old boys. They are a very serious threat to national security.

  • At August 16, 2005, Anonymous Gordon said…

    Now if they can use that to keep squalling infants out of restaurants...

  • At August 17, 2005, Anonymous Ellen said…

    I saw a picture of one of those babies, and it looked retty scary to me. I support the goverment's rights to suppress babies! There's a "terrist" born ev'ry minit.


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