You're going on a business trip abroad. Or an overseas vacation. Or you're returning to the country of your parents' birth to visit family there.
You check in at the airport, go through security, and find your seat in the plane. Now the engines are at full throttle, you're rolling, and in seconds, you're airborne.
What you don't know is that, if your government gets its way, you'll never be airborne again headed for the US. Even though you are a native-born US citizen or a permanent resident with a green card.
Because the moment your flight was wheels up, your name was added to the dreaded No Fly List.
But you don't know any of this. You're just sitting there, enjoying your flight, blissfully unaware that someone's put a target on your back.
Will you ever know you've been put on the no-fly list? Yes. When? When you attempt to board your flight back to the US. You will not be allowed to board. Instead you'll be taken to a room somewhere in the airport, where you'll be questioned by officers you've never seen before.
And questioned. And questioned. And questioned.
They think you're a terrorist. And they want to know all about you, your terrorist associates, what your plans are, who you saw overseas, the whole nine yards.