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Aug. 19th, 2004

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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040819/ap_on_go_co/kennedy_1

Error Puts Kennedy on Airline No-Fly List

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) heard this morning from one of its own about some of the problems with airline "no fly" watch lists. Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., says he had a close encounter with the lists when trying to take the U.S. Airways shuttle out of Washington to Boston. The ticket agent wouldn't let him on the plane. His name was on the list in error.

After a flurry of phone calls, Kennedy was able to fly home, but then the same thing happened coming back to Washington.

Kennedy says it took three calls to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to get his name stricken from the list. The process took several weeks, in all.

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From:cjsmith
Date:August 19th, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh man. I'm wiping the tears from my eyes. That is toooo good.

Sadly, it's no laughing matter.
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From:greendalek
Date:August 19th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)

Skeptical

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Nothing happens in politics by accident. This was no mere "clerical oversight" or "computer error;" if it were, it wouldn't have been cleared up so quickly.
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From:mindwalker
Date:August 19th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Skeptical

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Do you think someone in the Bush administration purposefully added Kennedy to the list? If so, why do you think they might have done that?
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From:visgoth
Date:August 19th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Skeptical

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I have personally been involved in cases like this that were resolved within an hour or less, and others that took months.
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From:ehintz
Date:August 19th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Indeed-if you're not Kennedy, you might never get your bloody name cleared.

Amtrak, here we come...
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From:unbound_spirit
Date:August 20th, 2004 02:19 am (UTC)
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*shaking head* One more reason to be pissed off at stuff happening here nowadays.
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