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The No-Fly List - Can you get on a plane with that name?
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The No Fly List contains the names of individuals who are not permitted to board a commercial aircraft for travel in the United States. There is also a selectee process by which individuals who meet certain criteria are set aside for additional screening. It is known that the size of the FBI/FAA list on September 11, 2001 was 16 names - today, there are over 30,000 names. Here are some of the known names,
| ||Daniel Brown - a United States Marine returning from Iraq, was prevented from boarding a flight home in April 2006 because his name matched one on the No Fly List. The rest of his company refused to leave the airport until Brown was allowed to board.|
| ||Asif Iqbal - a management consultant and legal resident of the United States born in Pakistan, plans to sue the US government because he is regularly detained when he tries to fly, because he has the same name as a former Guantanamo detainee. Iqbal's work requires a lot of travel, and, even though the Guantanamo detainee has been released, his name remains on the no-fly list, and Iqbal the software consultant experiences frequent, unpredictable delays and missed flights. He is pushing for a photo ID and birth date matching system, in addition to the current system of checking names.|
| ||Robert Johnson - a surgeon and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, was told in 2006 he was on the list, although he had had no problem in flying the month before. Johnson was running as a Democrat against U.S. Representative John McHugh, a Republican. Johnson wondered whether he was on the list because of his opposition to the Iraq War. He stated, "This could just be a government screw-up, but I don't know, and they won't tell me." Later, a 60 Minutes report brought together 12 men named Robert Johnson, all of whom had experienced problems in airports with being pulled aside and interrogated. The report suggested that the individual whose name was intended to be on the list was most likely the Robert Johnson who had been convicted of plotting to bomb a movie theater and a Hindu temple in Toronto.|
| ||Ted Kennedy - a U.S. Senator (D-MA) told a Senate Judiciary Committee discussing the No Fly List that he had appeared on the list and had been repeatedly delayed at airports. He said it had taken him three weeks of appeals directly to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to have him removed from the list. Kennedy said he was eventually told that the name "T Kennedy" was added to the list because it was once used as an alias of a suspected terrorist. There are an estimated 7,000 American men whose legal names correspond to "T Kennedy."|
| ||John Lewis - an United States Representative (D-GA), widely known for his civil rights advocacy, has been stopped many times.|
| ||Patrick Martin - a Canadian journalist has been frequently interrogated while travelling, because of another suspicious individual with the same name.|
| ||James Moore - an Emmy-winning television news correspondent, co-author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove - a political activist, and outspoken critic of the Bush Administration, was placed on the No Fly List.|
| ||Walter F. Murphy - Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, reported that the following exchange took place at Newark on 1 March 2007, where he was denied a boarding pass "because I [Professor Murphy] was on the Terrorist Watch list." The airline employee asked, "Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that." "I explained," said professor Murphy, "that I had not so marched but had, in September 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the constitution." To which the airline employee responded, "That'll do it."|
| ||David Nelson - the actor best known for his role on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, is among various persons named David Nelson who have been stopped at airports because their name apparently appears on the list.|
| ||Jesselyn Radack - a former United States Department of Justice ethics adviser who argued that John Walker Lindh was entitled to an attorney, was placed on the No Fly List as part of what many believe to be a reprisal for her whistle blowing.|
| ||Cat Stevens - a musician (who converted to Islam and changed his name to "Yusuf Islam" in 1978) was denied entry into the U.S. after his name was found on the list.|
| ||Ted Stevens - a U.S. Senator (R-AK) stated in a committee hearing that his wife Catherine had been subjected to questioning at an airport as to whether she was Cat Stevens due to the similarity of their names.|
| ||James W. Walter - campaigner for a new independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001, saying the original commission was a cover up.|
| ||William Rodriguez - campaigner for a new independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001, saying the original commission was a cover up.|
| ||Don Young - U.S. Representative (R-AK), the 3rd most senior Republican in the House, was flagged in 2004 after he was mistaken for a "Donald Lee Young".|
| ||Michael Martin - a 7 year old boy went through a hassle trying to fly out of Fort Lauderdale recently because his name was on a no-fly list. Rather than protest to authorities, he nervously turned to his mom for comfort.|
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Im glad I dont have these problems!
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What a hassle.
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