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Man in California after stranding by no-fly list

October 21, 2012
The Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man stranded in the Hawaiian Islands after being told he was on the FBI's no-fly list has returned to California.

Wade E. Hicks Jr. of Gulfport was cleared to board and reached an air base near San Francisco on a military airplane.

After his plane touched down Friday evening, he said he felt "great."

Hicks, 34, was traveling to visit his wife, a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed on Okinawa. He hitched a ride on a scheduled military flight, as military dependents are allowed to do when there's room.

During a layover at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent told Hicks he was on the no-fly list and couldn't continue.

Hicks was stuck for six days at his own expense, unable to board either commercial or military planes. He still wants to know what happened and why, and he wants to recoup his expenses from the government. He has filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act for answers from the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

"They have not apologized nor given me any reason," Hicks said.

Hicks, a former volunteer firefighter in Hancock County, suspects he was placed on the list because of his outspoken views.

Hicks has worked for a military contractor and said he has had high-level security clearances.

Representatives for U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep Steven Palazzo, both Mississippi Republicans, said they had been in contact with Hicks and federal authorities. Both offices said they had responded to Hicks' concerns but could not comment on a constituent's private matters.

 
 

 

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