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Good news: Federal Air Marshals to be removed from No-Fly list.

By See-Dubya  •  April 30, 2008 06:35 PM

One of the bylines I always look for in the Washington Times is Audrey Hudson’s. She’s always got something worth reading on the homeland security beat, and today it’s the resolution of a long-running conflict between two pillars of airline security.

So what happens when a Federal Air Marshal’s name shows up on the No-Fly list? Quite often, he just doesn’t fly. Apparently, not only did this absurd conflict happen fairly often, it’s just now being resolved after a looooooong time:

One air marshal said it has been “a major problem, where guys are denied boarding by the airline.”

“In some cases, planes have departed without any coverage because the airline employees were adamant they would not fly,” said the air marshal, who asked not to be named because the job requires anonymity. “I’ve seen guys actually being denied boarding.”

A second air marshal said one agent “has been getting harassed for six years because his exact name is on the no-fly list.”

Well, I’m glad they jumped right on that. Bureaucracy in action.

Just think about how great it will be when a similarly centralized, sclerotic system runs all our health care!


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