The TSA stopped 14 infant terrorists from boarding planes

Well…not really.  It’s just that the TSA apparently has a severe case of rectal cranium inversion.  From CNN:

Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the United States because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government’s “no-fly list.”

The TSA has a “passenger ombudsman” who will investigate individual claims from passengers who say they are mistakenly on the lists. TSA spokeswoman Yolanda Clark said 89 children have submitted their names to the ombudsman. Of those, 14 are under the age of 2.

It was Schneier’s post that alerted me.  He is more polite than I on this topic.

Update: As one of the comments indicates it appears the TSA says to allow kids under a certain age to travel even if their name is on the watch list.  But if it’s “in the fine print” the ticket agent is almost for certain going “to play it safe”.


1 thought on “The TSA stopped 14 infant terrorists from boarding planes

  1. Blaming the TSA for this may be premature. One of the articles I read about this mentions that the TSA exempts children under a particular age (8? 12? I don’t recall) from the list. The toddlers who were stopped from boarding were stopped by overzealous airline personnel, not the TSA.

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