How an 8-Year-Old Got On the No-Fly List
Misidentification has earned Mikey Hicks repeated pat-downs
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2010 9:48 AM CST
Passengers wait in a security line at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

(Newser) – On its website, the TSA specifically denies that there is an 8-year-old on any of its watch lists. But try telling that to Mikey Hicks, who has had problems getting on airplanes his entire life. As a baby, Hicks was denied a seat on a plane because, officials told his mother, his name “was on the list.” He started getting full pat-downs when he was 2, his mom tells the New York Times.

Evidently some other Michael Hicks at some point made Homeland Security suspicious, and now Mikey’s paying the piper. It’s a common problem. Over the past three years, 81,793 travelers have asked to have their names taken off the watch list. Even the late Ted Kennedy once found himself on the list. Some travelers have purposely misspelled their names, or even legally changed them, to get around the problem.

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Jan 15, 2010 9:46 AM CST
awww man ya beat me to me of rush hour three..*IVE' BEN VIOLATED BY A SMALL FRENCH MAN!*......*with a big ring*...
Jan 15, 2010 9:44 AM CST
THAT was funny as hell...his name wasn't christopher was it?....Just checking.I think I knew that little shit..rofl :)
Jan 14, 2010 11:13 AM CST
I used to babysit an 8-year-old who SHOULD have been on the no-fly list. Demon seed.