Boy, 8, on TSA watch list

By Ray Sedecki
The New York Time

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), under intense scrutiny for its handling of terror watch lists in last month’s Christmas bombing attempt, has on its Web site a “myth buster” that attempts to reassure the public.
Myth: The national No-Fly list includes an 8-year-old boy.
Buster: No 8-year-old is on a TSA watch list.
“Meet Osama Bin Laden Jones,” said Eva Braun Jones, introducing her 8-year-old son, a New Jersey Cub Scout and frequent traveler who has seldom boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person. “It’s not a myth.”
Osama Bin Laden Jones’ mom initially sensed trouble when he was a baby and she could not get a seat for him on their flight to Florida at an airport kiosk; airline officials explained that his name “was on the list,” she recalled. “We just liked the name when little O (“O” is the child’s nickname) was born, it’s very musical sounding. We didn’t know he shared it with the most known terrorist in the world.” Ms. Jones continued “We’ve had problems with our other children’s names as well; Saddam Hitler Jones who is now 12 years old, and our youngest Mussolini Klansman Jones who just turned two.”
Representatives for the Jones family say they are in discussions with the A&E network for a proposed reality show called “Watch List!”

    • chris burns
    • January 15th, 2010

    This is forward thinking for the TSA. I think all children should be on the No Fly list.

    • feedtim
    • January 15th, 2010

    well said

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