Senior U.S. Official Found to Be on No-Fly List

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee Donald Young was surprised to find himself on the US no-fly list as he tried to board a flight from Alaska to Seattle.

Young was eventually allowed to board his flight and said that he had been confused with someone who was 'not a savoury character'. Young is not the first prominent politician to find himself on the list - Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Democratic Rep. John Lewis have also been stopped from flying due to their names appearing on the list.

The Transportation Security Administration has recently begun to take over responsibility for checking the list from the airlines and the bill on the list is to be amended to allow people who appear on it to appeal their inclusion, reports The Associated Press.