Pilot on no-fly list

"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain, Robert Gray, speaking. Unfortunately we cannot take off at this time. This is because the airline has informed me that the government has placed me on its no-fly list, making it impossible for me to do my job.

The government won't tell me why it thinks I'm a threat. Federal prosecutors, citing national security concerns, refused even to confirm in court that I am on the list.

They have denied an administrative appeal and refused to disclose what information it had, but it has provided my lawyers with a computer printout that indicated it was about a Hispanic suspect who happens to have the same name as me.

The fact that I am white apparently makes no difference."

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