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Mixups in names on TSA watch lists unnecessarily discourage travel

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Be like Mike. Not quite. Especially when you are an 8-year-old on a TSA watch list.

If you have ever Googled your name and found others with the same name as you, there is that danger that if one of these people does something to possibly deserve to be on the list, you become “guilty” as well.

This story of Michael Winston Hicks in The New York Times goes on into sordid details on how an 8-year-old was patted down; the description uses the word “crotch.” A rather unpleasant thought.

As much as the partisan wars would love to blame this on a particular president, the larger reality is that coming up with a system that ties in descriptive details (date of birth, ethnicity, even gender) shouldn’t have taken this long.

Encouraging world travel is something that should be promoted, not demoted. One of those areas of criticism leveled at Americans that is legitimate is that we don’t know enough about the world. Traveling isn’t the only way, but it is the best way.

Dread is something you should save for tests, public presentations, interviews, and first dates. For the vast majority of us, screenings at airports shouldn’t be on that list.

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Written by democracysoup

January 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Posted in travel

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