A Very Brief History of the No-Fly List

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  1. You may not agree with why Cat Stevens was on the list but it wasn’t a “false positive” – the Cat Stevens taken off the flight was the one placed on the list and he was placed on the list for a reason.

  2. Dimitris Andrakakis says:

    @Maryland Conservatarian :

    I would say that exactly the opposite is true : You may agree with why Cat Stevens was on the list but it WAS a “false positive” : Cat Stevens did not have (at least, as far as I know) any intention of blowing up a plane or commiting an act of terrorism.

    It’s an easy fallacy to make : when a process technically went right, this doesn’t mean it went right.

    It’s the stated intentions of the system that should be evaluated, not the narrow technical and organizational implementation of it.

  3. Stephen says:

    There’s also a critical, fundamental difference between getting all suspected terrorists and getting the ones that are attacking planes. The no-fly list is a device to protect planes rather than a way to stop suspected terrorists travelling although it’s been undergoing a bit of mission creep lately.

  4. As a criminal defense attorney I am interested in the type of screening done by TSA because many of my clients want to know if they can fly with outstanding warrants. My research tells me the airlines turn over their flight manifests to TSA who screens them by the No-Fly list. If the warrant is not a terrorist related thing I am not sure it ever comes to their attention. Anyone know if I’m correct or not?

  5. Robert says:

    Did the list ever stop being merely advisory? Is it actually illegal for an airline to carry someone on that list? Has there ever been any legal action against an airline for carrying someone who was found at the time to be on the list? I’ve read of airlines going to great lengths to avoid having someone on such a list even flying over the country, but nothing saying their license was in jeopardy or any other consequence if they didn’t.

    What I’m trying to figure out is whether the no-fly list has any more legal effect than any other gov’t exhortation. If so, what’s its statutory basis?