Are You on the No Fly List?

No-fly List: Are you on it?

no flyThose wishing to fly out of McCarron Airport could be surprised to find they are unable to do so because they have inadvertently been placed on the government’s “do not fly” list. If so, they will be in good company, as a number of U.S. Senators including the late Edward Kennedy have also been placed on this list.

From 2009 to 2012, the number of names on the no-fly list increased substantially. This was due to concerns over gaps in creating this list, thereby leading to suspected underwear bomber Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab boarding a plane bound for Detroit, Michigan on Christmas day. The aggressive efforts of the Transportation Security Administration have resulted in embarrassment for many, as even toddlers have had faced additional scrutiny at airports around the country.

Exactly how one’s name is selected for the no-fly list is uncertain, but many speculate it could have something to do with holding assets or conducting business overseas. Even so, many who have no foreign connections whatsoever have been placed on the list as well. Well before planning a flight, travelers are advised to check the official TSA website to see if their name appears on the no-fly list. There is an appeals process available through the Department of Homeland Security; however, this process could be rather lengthy to accomplish.