December 20, 2003
Santa also disclosed that he has had some help with the arduous task of delivering packages. He notes that for the better part of the last century he has been greatly assisted by the results of the wonderful invention of the Wright Brothers, who 100 years ago put together a flying machine, now refined and operating with capabilities almost as good as Rudolf.
In his application, Santa Claus described himself as a citizen of the world residing at the North Pole who performs a vital and specialized transportation service. "The points to be served are the dwelling places of good girls and boys, as well as adults of goodwill, throughout the United States and worldwide," Claus said in his application.
He also told the department that his sleigh will be powered by eight tiny reindeer, with the addition of a possible ninth reindeer equipped with a special air navigation warning light in its nose, in the event of fog or heavy snow.
Finally, the applicant, aware of the department's heightened security concerns, said that although he does not have a federal air marshal on board he has asked his lead reindeer, Rudolph, to stay especially alert.
The department said that no
one has opposed the application, and the applicant has disclosed
several million letters of support from children everywhere.
"In these circumstances, it appears that a grant of the
applicant's request is in the highest public interest,"
Secretary Mineta said.
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