Alan Shore, in the Boston Legal episode “Nuts” (transcript, in PDF format):
I suppose you‚Äôre right. One has to wonder how many Denny Cranes are out there, being denied the right to fly, who can‚Äôt afford an attorney.
[He turns to the gallery.]
Do we have any with us today? If so, please stand.
[Nearly the whole room rises.]
Old people, children, even a few women. Everyone here is named Denny Crane. These are just the ones within driving distance, of course, since airplane travel was not an option.
Sadly, life imitates art yet again.
When I was a new hire at my current airline job, one of my fellow classmates in ground school was also on one of the various no-fly lists used by the TSA. I’d hazard a guess that as many as one percent of cockpit crew members at US airlines might be in the same situation, all because our government is too stupid to use a little common sense.
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