Michael Martin is 7, he stands 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 55 pounds, and he's on the TSA no-fly list
"He thought he did something wrong," his mother, Krista Martin, 36, of Coral Springs, said. [...] Because he shares a name with a known or suspected terrorist, he has run into roadblocks three times before boarding an airliner, Krista Martin said.The idea of the no-fly list is " to avoid confusing a real terrorist with an innocent passenger, officials said."
I can see how 7-year-old, 3-foot- 9 Michael might have been confused with say, a 50-year-old, 6-foot-6 Osama Bin Laden type. Anyone would have made that mistake. I often confuse Mary Kate Olsen with Yao Ming. Or a watch list with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
"The airline has the ability to and should immediately de-select any child allegedly on a watch list," White, the TSA spokesman, said.I'm sure that's a huge comfort to Michael...and the rest of us. Although I wouldn't be too upset if they were to mistake me for Angelina Jolie, who probably is on their list.