Airline Watch List An Inconvenience for Lubbock Traveler - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/18/05

Airline Watch List An Inconvenience for Lubbock Traveler

Did you know that your name might be on a U.S. Government Watch List?

Thomas Robinson recently learned he was put on a list by the Transportation Security Administration. The problem is, it's another Thomas Robinson that is being looked at, and because they share the same name, they share the same problem at the ticket counter.

"I was personally shocked that I was on a watch list. I've been an upstanding citizen." Thomas Robinson, who goes by Craig, found out he was on the list when he wasn't able to pre-print his boarding pass from Southwest Airlines. "I tried to download my ticket, but was unable to without information as to why."

The irony is that Craig's son, Thomas Robinson also had to deal with delays from a completely different airport. "It's a hassle, it was something else that I did not need on my plate."

TSA said this could happen to you. In a letter to flyers they say, "you may experience delays if your name is the same as, or similar to, the name of a person on the watch lists." Being on the Watch List doesn't mean more security check points, but it does means no curb-side check-in, or pre-printing of boarding passes.

Now, the only option the Robinson's have to get their name removed from the watch list is to fill out paper work from the TSA, but even then, they cannot be assured that they will not be delayed.

TSA said even after the paperwork is in that "airline personnel can then more quickly determine when implementing TSA-required verification procedures that these passengers are not the person of interest whose name is actually on the watch lists."

The TSA would've needed copies of birth certificates, passports, and other documents to even get the paperwork started, and the Robinson's decided to decline the process as they feel the government has enough of their personal information as it is.

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