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American Airlines Employee Was Put On No Fly List

Home - by - November 14, 2012 - 11:30 America/New_York - 6 Comments

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But Montano says it’s hard to fight the inclusion because the Department of Homeland Security provides little information

Luis Montano may be one of the most unlikely people to end up on the government’s no fly list that’s designed to stop terrorists. After all, he works for one of the country’s biggest airlines.

But Team 6 Investigators found that he wasn’t just prevented from traveling by air, he was told by his employer to go home. He couldn’t work and the bills started piling up.

“Two months without work because of being on the no fly list,” Montano said. “I basically have been doing a lot of research concerning the TSA’s no fly list. I have been trying to basically reach out for help.”

After 13 years working for an American Airlines as a gate agent, also in cargo operations, and at its South Florida headquarters, the U.S. citizen discovered he had been labeled a potential terrorist, a danger to the flying public.

“In shock. Just like, I couldn’t understand how you can just be put on a list and for no reason, haven’t been contacted by the government,” he said.

In August, Montano says his boss told him he was placed on the TSA’s no fly list and sent him home.
Montano has traveled the world, to Paris, Barcelona, China, and he returned from overseas during the summer with no trouble.

“In July I traveled and in August, I’m told I’m on the no fly list,” he said.




  1. Corona

    November 14th, 2012

    Simple. They looked up his voting record.

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  2. AbigailAdams

    November 14th, 2012

    @Corona — Yes, I think their “revenge” isn’t going to stop at the ballot box.

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  3. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 14th, 2012

    He’s Hispanic? I care 25%.

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  4. Pickled Liver

    November 14th, 2012

    As per the earlier article – You own it !

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  5. RANDO

    November 14th, 2012

    This could happen to any/all of us. I seem to recall it happened to Ted Kennedy!

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  6. Plain Jane

    November 14th, 2012

    He must have been opposed to TSA unionization. Therefore, whammo, he’s on TSA no fly list.

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