Last December, I learned that my super common name was on the “naughty list” at airports. From the post Osama MAS Laden:
Guess what common American as apple pie name is now on the governments watch list? Mine. American Airlines has confirmed that my name is on the naughty list.
Being on the watch list means I can never do web check in. I am no longer permitted to do curb side check in. Even if I don’t have a single bag, I have to stand in line at the ticketing counter every time I fly. Once I get to the counter, I must spend another 5-10 minutes standing there smiling while the agent gives me the sniff test. Lordy Lordy, please don’t detain me!
Today I learned from American Airlines that the TSA is finally addressing this issue. The program is called Secure Flight Program. By registering through American Airlines, I am now part of the program. According to the representative I spoke to with AA, this means that soon I will no longer have anymore problems when I go to check in for my flights.
It has been 8 years since 9/11. What detailed information did I need to provide in order to prove I’m a good guy? Fingerprints? Retinal scan? Maybe a criminal background check? Nope. Just two simple pieces of data.
- Date of birth
That is it. Thousands of Americans have been inconvenienced for years now because of these two fields? I already thought they had this data. I’m grateful that it appears TSA has finally taken action. I’m disgusted that it took TSA 8 years to collect two minor database fields.