A newspaper report on Friday said the Air France planes were grounded over Christmas because the FBI confused the names of several passengers with suspected terrorists.
The Wall Street Journal, citing French officials, said in one case a child's name was confused with the head of a Tunisian-based terror group. Two others turned out to be a Welsh insurance agent and an elderly Chinese woman.
A U.S. official denied any confusion, saying the names matched those on a terror watch list and had to be checked.
Analysts said there were often problems with transliteration of Arabic names that resulted in confusion in identities.
Remember, the same thing happened in Florida back in November 2000, when Choicepoint decided that everyone on earth has a unique name, so if you had a name even similar to a felon, you couldn't vote in Florida.