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January 19, 2005

What Friendly Skies? That's the Other Guys

by Ron Hogan

Science fiction writer Cory Doctorow tells BoingBoing readers about an attempted shakedown by American Airlines:

"Last week on a trip from London to the US, American Airlines demanded that I write out a list of the names and addresses of all the friends I would be staying with in the USA. They claimed that this was due to a TSA regulation, but refused to state which regulation required them to gather this information, nor what they would do with it once they'd gathered it. I raised a stink, and was eventually told that I wouldn't have to give them the requested dossier because I was a Platinum AAdvantage Card holder (e.g., because I fly frequently with AA)."

He's also posted a full account of the experience (in his formal complaint to American) on his website.

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