I found out I was on the U.S. no fly list when the San Francisco police detained me while they checked with the FBI. We sued.
If I'd been a Canadian, I might have been invited to a focus group to consider whether and how such a list should be developed.
According to a report commissioned by the Canadian Transport Department:
It is nice to know that Canadians, apparently uncoached, ask the same questions we asked our government.
Generally it was a bad weekend for the Theater of Fear that masquerades as airport security:
- Irish Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was held by airport security long enough so he missed his St. Patrick's Day gig in Buffalo. Earlier in the day he had been among a group that met with President Bush.
- Meanwhile MSNBC reported that TSA screeners at 21 airports across the country failed to catch "bomb materials" smuggled through their gates.