Skip to comments.6-year-old girl on 'no fly' list
Posted on 06/26/2010 9:45:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono
WESTLAKE, Ohio, - The name of a 6-year-old Ohio girl wound up on the U.S. Homeland Security Department's "no fly" list, her parents say.
Alyssa Thomas of Westlake found herself in that unwanted company when the family took a trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis recently, Cleveland's WJW-TV reported Friday.
"We were, like, puzzled," said her father, Dr. Santhosh Thomas. "I'm like, well, she's kinda 6 years old and this is not something that should be typical.
"She may have threatened her sister, but I don't think that constitutes Homeland Security triggers."
Despite the snafu, the family was allowed to complete its trip and the Thomases later contacted Homeland Security to clear up the matter.
The TV station says Alyssa got a letter from the government, notifying her there really was no problem because the watch list only started applying to domestic flights this month. A Transportation Security Administration representative wouldn't comment on the specifics of her case but noted "the watch lists are an important layer of security to prevent individuals with known or suspected ties to terrorism from flying."
“Little Jeffrey. I remember his name, not because he said, “I’m four years old,” but because Jeffrey’s mother said his name all 2500 miles of the trip.” - Bill Cosby
Wait... doesn’t Hydrogen only have one electron...
I can and I have never contacted a TV station before. That would probably do more good than contacting the government.
Obviously this family knew it was a mistake.
An incredibly stupid mistake which says something about flaws in the current no-fly list system.
Why do people have to make such a big deal about some things and contact the media?
This passes the test for a relevant news item, albeit a minor one.
Thanks for the laugh!!!!!!!
my MIL called the media for everything. Her cousins in town! Call the paper!
Really she was shameless.
I’m sure there are plenty of 6 year olds who SHOULD be on the no-fly list, but only if their parents or a close relative is also on it. These sickos wouldn’t hesitate to stuff their young children with explosives so they can sneak through security and blow up a plane full of innocent people.
To my knowledge, I’ve heard of no 6yr old strapped with bombs trying to board a plane or blowing up a plane (certainly a child wouldn’t pilot or overtake the plane).
The only place I’ve ever read of bomb-strapped children, are in places that we have been at war with some country (on their turf) and the Palestinians using children to attack Israel.
I don’t see that as much of a threat compared to the illegals and all the other trash that is able to fly.
No fly for children, congressmen, nuns—that’s PC crap to make everybody comfortable that we are equal opportunity offenders of citizen rights.
We don’t profile, see this 6 year old...this 80 year old nun.
It’s all a shell game.
I don’t know about that, I think Muhammad in the middle probably should suffice, and I’m not sure about names that involve Hussein, Ali, Ishmael, or Ibrahim, with or without Muhammad.
Hey, cut him some slack: Santhosh is an Indian subcontinent name, he’s probably a native speaker of the Indian dialect of English and learned the American dialect from his kids.
As I understand it in the 25-and-under American dialect, “I’m like” if followed by a clause indicates that the clause is something the speaker thought, if followed by an adjective or adjectival phrase indicating an emotional state indicates that that indication of emotional state approximately describes the emotional state of the speaker. Odd construction that, hard to find a parallel in either standard American or standard British English, but there it is.
that’s like, so tripendicular
OTOH. even I don't think a 6 year old should be permitted to purchase a handgun
Seems the no fly list is unconstitutional as it denies our right to travel by commercial conveyance without due process. By simple degree the federal government says you may not purchase a commerically available transport. What’s next, we cannot leave our homes without a government issued pass just like in the old Soviet Union?
I generally agree that children shouldn’t buy handguns, but that should be up to the parents and a business decision made by the person selling the firearm, not because of any governmental regulation.
Barack, Hussein and Obama are all names, singly or in any combination that should immediately qualify for the no-fly list.
They haven’t used children to blow up a plane YET, though they’ve attempted to use a couple of young adult males whose mental age was definitely in the “child” zone (the shoe-bomber and the crotch-bomber, both of whom did indeed have real explosives concealed on them). I’m fine with putting little kids on the no-fly list if they’re close relatives of real jihad promoters. But independent placement of a child this age on the list is obviously some bureaucratic drone’s screw-up.
Maybe the mother and swapped names with her daughter.
Someone should start a comic strip about TSA.
I believe it would be a hit.
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