Assignment 2: No Fly List


The No Fly List is created and maintained by the US government's Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) to screen those individuals who are not permitted to travel in a commercial aircraft within or outside the United States (Ross, 2010).

The No Fly List is different from the Terrorist Watch List, which is a much bigger list of people suspected of involvement in terrorist acts (Ross, 2010).

Nevertheless, the No Fly List has been criticized on grounds of violating civil liberties and on due process grounds, due, in part, to the potential for ethnic, religious, economic, political, or racial profiling and discrimination (Friscolanti & Patriquin, 2008, p. 50).

In addition, the No Fly List contains the names of people who are dead, prisoners, and at least 1,000 duplicate names—that is, people with similar names as those on the No Fly List are stopped for questioning when they have no nexus with terrorism (Donnelly, 2004, p. 17).


Prepare a 3- to 4-page report to answer the following questions:

  • Do you consider the No Fly List as discriminatory in nature and violating an individual's civil rights? Why?
  • Do you agree with the statement, "the No Fly List is one of the best lines of defense" (Ross, 2010)? Why?
  • Do you agree to the statement, "the No Fly List is costly, prone to false positives, and easily defeated" (Ross, 2010)? Why?


Donnelly, S. B. (2004, October). Should the No-Fly List be grounded? Time16,
           p. 17. Retrieved from,9171,

Friscolanti, M., & Patriquin, M. (2008). Caught in the no-fly web. Maclean's,
           121(37), 50–52.

Ross, B. (2010). Why no-fly? Nightline ABC, p.1–1.

Submission Details:

  • Save the final report as M2_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc.
  • By Wednesday, November 30, 2016, submit your final report to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Analyzed the discriminatory nature of the No Fly List with respect to civil rights and provided reasons for supporting the views.
Analyzed whether the No Fly List is one of the best lines of defense against terrorist attacks.
Analyzed whether the No Fly List is costly, prone to false positives, and easily defeated.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.



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