US agent kicked off flight

Rasheed Baqai rasheed@usa.net
Thu, 27 Dec 2001 10:33:17 -0800 (PST)


If this person can't get on a flight, there isn't much hope for other
normal people...


Thursday December 27 12:20 PM ET 
Arab American Who Guards Bush Is Barred From Flight
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - An Arab American U.S. Secret Service agent
heading to Texas to protect President Bush was barred from taking an
American Airlines flight this week, the Secret Service said
on Thursday.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Brian Marr said the agent, whom he declined
to identify, was not allowed to take the flight but said he was unable to
confirm details of a New York Times report saying the agent was asked to
get off the plane.

The newspaper said the agent, who was armed, was originally scheduled to
accompany Bush to Texas on Air Force One but a change in the president's
schedule forced him to book a commercial flight on Tuesday evening.

The New York Times said that once the agent had taken his seat, he was
confronted by airline security personnel, asked to exit the plane for
additional security checks and ultimately was barred from the flight even
though he had offered to have the Secret Service confirm his identity.

There was no immediate comment from American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp,
on the incident. Bush on Wednesday traveled to his ranch in Crawford,
Texas, where he plans to vacation through next week.