Your government in action
Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's "no-fly list."Well, all 11-month-olds look alike - it's easy to get innocent babies confused with terrorist babies of the same name. Oh wait - the name on the list isn't a baby? So they're needing proof that the baby wasn't the terrorist, like, put in a time-machine and regressed to babyhood so he/she could be smuggled out of the country? Or what?
It sounds like a joke, but it's not funny to parents who miss flights while scrambling to have babies' passports and other documents faxed.
Ingrid Sanden's 1-year-old daughter was stopped in Phoenix before boarding a flight home to Washington at Thanksgiving.
Sarah Zapolsky and her husband had a similar experience last month while departing from Dulles International Airport outside Washington. An airline ticket agent told them their 11-month-old son was on the government list.
They were able to board their flight after ticket agents took a half-hour to fax her son's passport and fill out paperwork.
"I understand that security is important," Zapolsky said. "But if they're just guessing, and we have to give up our passport to prove that our 11-month-old is not a terrorist, it's a waste of their time."
Call me naive, but it seems to me that if you're looking for a 48-year-old John Smith, and have before you a one-year-old John Smith, or even a teenage John Smith, common sense should tell you it's not the same John Smith as the one you're looking for.
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