Just when you thought the US Dept of Homeland Security’s “no fly” list could not get any less reliable, a six-year-old named Alyssa Thomas has been added. She was traveling with her parents from Cleveland to Minneapolis when a ticket agent informed her she was on the restricted security list.
Her father, Dr Santhosh Thomas, was puzzled. “She’s been flying since she was two months old,” he said, “so that has not been an issue. In fact, we had traveled to Mexico in February and there were no issues at that time.”
When the family contacted Homeland Security to resolve the issue, they received a letter notifying them that it could not be changed. Alyssa can still fly, but the check-in process will take much longer.
“The watch lists are an important layer of security to prevent individuals with known or suspected ties to terrorism from flying,” said a TSA spokesman, thus removing important layer of credibility from the organization he represents.