Apparently the No Fly List works

I don’t think I’ve been so pleased about a news item in months. Apparently, Senator Ted Kennedy ended up in the no-fly database and was barred from his flights. The reason that this delights me so much is that maybe, just maybe, this will be a hint to the government that this silly no-fly list is a monumentally bad idea. It’s all very well for them to say that a few mistakes are worth the benefit, as long as those mistakes don’t keep *them* off of planes. Perhaps they’ll see now that this is a dangerous precedent, easily fooled, and easily exploited.

So perhaps we’re a step closer to sane travel laws. Or at least a shuffle. I shouldn’t be too optimistic.