There's a really great skit by The State, about threatening the president. The premise is that anyone who said the phrase "I'm going to kill the president" was immediately whisked away by a group of secret service agents, never to be seen again.
Sadly, they weren't that far off. In an article from Salon:
The jist of the article is that yes, the Transportation Safety Administration does keep a "blacklist" of about 1,000 people who are not allowed to fly, because they are a "threat to aviation". Rumours abound that there is a second (and who knows, maybe a third or fourth) list of people that, while not prohibiting them from flying, subjects them to unnecessary harassment when trying to board the plane.
Other threats to aviation I would like to see blacklisted:
- Drunk pilots
- Inexperienced pilots
- Disgruntled mechanics
- Unpleasant flight attendants
- Airlines that don't pay their employees a livable wage
- Children who haven't been sedated for their flight
- The fat and/or smelly bastard that is in the seat next to me
Oh look, some nice men in black suits are h