tiny terrorist.

Yesterday’s New York Times has an article about eight-year-old Michael Hicks, who is on the Transportation Security Administration’s “selectee” list, which means he’s subject to extra security screening when he flies. The first time Mikey was patted down he was just two years old. Mikey was born shortly before 9/11, yet for the past seven years no one has been able to clear his name from the list. The Times writes: 

“A third grader at a parochial school in Clifton, N.J., Mikey recites the drill like the world-weary traveler he is. Leave early for the airport, always with his passport. Try to get a boarding pass at the counter. This will send up a flag. The ticket agent, peering down at tiny bespectacled Mikey, will apologize or roll her eyes, and call for a supervisor. The supervisor, after a phone call — or, more likely, a series of phone calls — will ultimately finagle him onto the plane. But the Hickses are typically the last to select seats and the last to board, which means they sometimes can’t sit together.” 

Is this Cub Scout a threat to our national security? After all, he is a junior black belt in tae kwan do.


The best part? Mikey’s mom Najlah Hicks is a photojournalist who has earned high enough security clearance to travel on Air Force II with then-Vice President Al Gore. “I understand the need for security,” she told the newspaper. “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.”


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