28 March 2012
Support our work: become a Friend of Statewatch from as little as £1/€1 per month.
French officials say that Air France six flights to Los Angeles in the USA were cancelled before Xmas because the FBI made mistakes over identifying "suspicious" names on passenger lists - media coverage suggested that the flights were banned because of a "terrorist" threat.
A report in the Wall Street Journal said that one of the "suspects" turned out to be a five-year-old child because the name was similar to that of a wanted Tunisian., another a Welsh insurance sales person, another was an elderly Chinese woman, and another a prominent Egyptian scientist.
"A check was carried out in each case and in each case it turned out to be negative," a spokesman for the French Interior Minister told AFP, "the FBI worked with family names and some family names sound alike."
Spotted an error? If you've spotted a problem with this page, just click once to let us know.
Statewatch does not have a corporate view, nor does it seek to create one, the views expressed are those of the author. Statewatch is not responsible for the content of external websites and inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement. Registered UK charity number: 1154784. Registered UK company number: 08480724. Registered company name: The Libertarian Research & Education Trust. Registered office: MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH. © Statewatch ISSN 1756-851X. Personal usage as private individuals "fair dealing" is allowed. We also welcome links to material on our site. Usage by those working for organisations is allowed only if the organisation holds an appropriate licence from the relevant reprographic rights organisation (eg: Copyright Licensing Agency in the UK) with such usage being subject to the terms and conditions of that licence and to local copyright law.