No-fly list’s “T. Kennedy” irks senator
By Sara Kehaulani Goo
The Washington Post
Sen. Edward Kennedy said yesterday he was stopped and questioned at airports on the East Coast five times in March because his name appeared on the government’s secret “no-fly” list.
Federal air-security officials said the initial error that led to scrutiny of the Massachusetts Democrat should not have happened even though they recognize that the no-fly list is imperfect. But they privately acknowledged embarrassment that it took the senator and his staff more than three weeks to have his name removed.
While he worked to clear himself, Kennedy kept having to wait in the terminal at Washington’s Reagan National, Boston’s Logan International and at least one other airport, his staff said. All the flights were on US Airways. When the senator checked in at the counter, airline employees told him they could not issue a boarding pass because he appeared on the list. Kennedy was delayed until a supervisor could be summoned to identify him and give approval for him to board the plane.
The government does not make public the names or total number of people on the list, which officials say is updated constantly. According to FBI documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union under a Freedom of Information Act request, more than 350 Americans have been delayed or denied boarding since the list’s inception. The list hasn’t led to any arrests, officials said.
So think of this…it took a United States Senator THREE WEEKS to get his name off the list. Even one as powerful as Ted Kennedy. What would you be able to do to get YOUR name off that list???
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