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Mikey, age 8, is on TSA watch list

Mikey Hicks is an 8-year old American boy who has been on the TSA's "selectee list" for the past seven years.

In an excellent story, The New York Times' Lizette Alvarez reports:

It is true that Mikey is not on the federal government's "no-fly" list, which includes about 2,500 people, less than 10 percent of them from the United States. But his name appears to be among some 13,500 on the larger "selectee" list, which sets off a high level of security screening.

The first time he was patted down, Mikey was 2. He cried.

"I understand the need for security," says Mrs. Hicks. "But this is ridiculous. It's quite clear that he is 8 years old, and while he may have terroristic tendencies at home, he does not have those on a plane."

For more info on the TSA watch lists, see our earlier blog post:

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