TSA Uses Your Tax Dollars to Lie About Being Stupid


It's infuriating enough that the Transportation Security Administration has on its watch lists an 8-year-old boy for whom air travel has become an intrusive, delaying, patting-down nightmare. What's even worse, as The New York Times reports today, is that the agency is lying about it.

[The TSA] has on its Web site a "mythbuster" that tries to reassure the public.

Myth: The No-Fly list includes an 8-year-old boy.

Buster: No 8-year-old is on a T.S.A. watch list.

"Meet Mikey Hicks," said Najlah Feanny Hicks, 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."

Whole thing, including a tale of a man just changing his name to stop the hassle, here. And yes, this "mythbuster" is still up on the TSA's website.

Read Reason's no-fly archive here; and especially James Bovard's classic February 2004 cover story on the TSA.