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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Saturday, January 07, 2006
FOUR YEAR OLD ON NO-FLY LIST HAS FLIGHT WOES
Mom: 'You can tell he's not a terrorist'

HOUSTON -- Edward Allen's reaction to being on the government's "no-fly" list should have been a tip-off that he is no terrorist.

"I don't want to be on the list. I want to fly and see my grandma", the 4-year old boy said, according to his grandmother.

Sijollie Allen, and her son had trouble boarding planes last month because someone with the same name Edward is on a government terrorist watch list.

"Is this a joke?" Allen recalled telling Continental Airlines agents Dec. 21 at Houston Bush International Airport. "You can tell he's not a terrorist".

She said it took several minutes of pleading and a phone call by the ticket agent to get on the plane.

Allen, a Jamaican immigrant, said wrokers at La Guardia Airport were even more hard nosed before their Dec. 26 flight home. She said a ticket agent told her: "You're lucky that we're letting you through instead of putting you through the other process."

Policy: No checks for kids under 12

Transportation Security Administration regiuonal spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said the agency tells airlines not to deny boarding to children under 12 or select them for extra security checks even if theri names match ones of the list.

"We donot require ID for children because there are no children on the list", Harmons aid, "If it's a child, ticket agents have the authority to immediately de-selecy them".

Continental has no comment.


(Source: Associated Press/ Kristie Rieken)
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