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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Watch-List Mistakes Hassle Innocent Travelers

“Rahinah Ibrahim, a Stanford University doctoral student, arrived at San Francisco International Airport with her 14-year-old daughter for a 9 a.m. flight home to Malaysia. She asked for a wheelchair, having recently had a hysterectomy. Instead, when a ticket agent found her name on the no-fly list, Ms. Ibrahim was handcuffed, searched and jailed amid a flurry of phone calls involving the local police, the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security. Two hours after her flight left, Ms. Ibrahim was released without explanation. She flew to Malaysia the next day. But when she tried to return to the United States, she discovered that her visa had been revoked.” (New York Times, Wednesday)

What would you expect of a government monopoly?

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