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Keep terrorists off planes, not nuns.

By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 1:58 pm in Uncategorized.

Sometimes it seems like an absolute miracle that something of 9/11 proportions hasn’t happened the past eight-plus years.

Times Square almost-bomber Farsal Shahzad nearly escaped the country Monday night - when the Feds caught up to him as his plane with leaving for the Middle East.

Shahzad was placed on the infamous no-fly list earlier in the day. But because of some insane rule that requires airlines to only check for updates every 24 hours, Shahzad almost got away.

Meanwhile, prominent Catholic nuns spend months trying to get themselves off the no-fly list because they happen to have the same last name – not first name, but last name – as a male on the list from another country.

You figure that one out. Though – to be fair – I know the nun that was being harassed at airports back in 2003 and 2004, and she’s at least as tough as some terrorists (she’s my father’s older sister).

By the way – because this is America, where we only correct idiocy after the fact – the TSA policy  has since changed its rules, forcing airlines to check the no-fly list with two hours of changes being made to the list, instead of every 24 hours, as per the old rule.

That still may not be enough, and unnecessary, since technology should enable whatever information the airlines rely on to be automatically updated whenever someone is added to the list, without delay.

You watch. Now I’m probably going to be put on the list.

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