Today’s AYFKM? Award goes to whatever intelligence moronic agency or agencies that compiles the no-fly list. This definitely falls under the category of keeping on eye on Americans vs. catching terrorists. Hasn’t the Patriot Act that was passed without being read because of a rather convenient anthrax attack a freakin’ God-send? Don’t you feel safer?
In the category of “I can’t believe I’m asking these questions”, how long does it take to get a baby’s name off the no fly-list, and why is it necessary to frisk an eight year old boy? This is not about stupidity, this is about big brother. I hope that everybody continues to pay attention to what this 8 year old boy scout is doing, and y’all stop worrying about those jihadist training camps in New York state.
An eight-year-old boy scout has been repeatedly frisked at airports in America because he has the same name as a person on a security watch list.
Michael Winston Hicks, from New Jersey, was first singled out as a baby when his mother tried to get him on a flight in Florida. She was told by airline officials that her son’s name “was on the list”.
As a two-year-old the boy, who is known as Mikey, was patted down by security officers at Newark Airport, which reduced him to tears.
His name appears to be among 13,500 on the “selectee” list, which sets off a high level of security screening, after a man called Michael Hicks at some point triggered suspicion.
It is not on the much smaller no-fly list which has about 2,500 names, mostly of non-US citizens.
His mother, Najlah Feanny Hicks, a photojournalist, told the New York Times that Mikey was badly shaken returning from their recent holiday to the Bahamas when he was aggressively frisked re-entering the US.
“A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him,” she told the newspaper. “But my eight-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.
“I understand the need for security but this is ridiculous.”