Friday, August 20, 2004

A top Homeland Security official has apologized to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy who was stopped at airports because a name similar to his appeared on the government's no-fly list of terror suspects. ... Kennedy said he was stopped at airports in Washington, D.C., and Boston three times in March. Airline agents told him he would not be sold a ticket because his name was on a list. When he asked the agent why, he was told, "We can't tell you." ... Each time, a supervisor recognized Kennedy and got him on the flight.
That's according to this story, which was spotted by "and then..." What's wrong with this picture? Obviously the guards on the ground actually doing the job accurately recognized the Chappaquiddick Knievel as a serious threat to our security. Unfortunately, they were overruled by higher-ups, trying to butter up the big shot. We need to take such politics out of airport security, and let the professionals do their jobs. Wouldn't you feel safer knowing that at least one Doddering Democratic Pretender wasn't free to use the airplane toilet over your home?

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