America’s clumsy efforts to make herself safe continue to reach ridiculous proportions, making enemies instead of friends. Last April The Daily Sabah ran a story about a woman who was barred from entering the USA because of her name. The 33 year old French citizen, Alic Aida was told at the airport in Geneva that she could not be allowed to board the flight to New York City. She and her family were turned away without explanation. After the departure of the flight she persisted for more information and was told that her name in English sounded like al-Qaeda.
The mother of two children is of Yugoslav origin. Her family name is hundreds of years old.
According to 2012 data, there are 21,000 people on American’s “no fly list.” This is the same list that in 2004 had Senator Ted Kennedy flagged at airports. (You can’t be too careful.)
Anyway, we can all feel safer knowing that Alic Aida, her husband and two children, will not be on board a flight for their summer holiday in New York City. And hopefully others with suspicious names will be culled from the masses.
Meanwhile, if you were unlucky enough to be born with a suspicious name you might consider making a change. Ooop, this is coming from the desk of yours truly, Doug Wead.