No-Fly List Only Works If Read

The man accused of trying to bomb Times Square was allowed to buy an airline ticket to Pakistan last Monday because, according to the Department of Homeland Security, Emirates Airline had not checked the updated no-fly list that had his name on it.

In an article on the New York Times website, Scott Shane says new rules by Homeland Security officials have ordered airlines to check the no-fly list “within two hours of receiving notification that a high-priority name has been added to the list,” rather than the previous requirement to check the list for updates every 24 hours.

In the case of Faisal Shahzad, who was identified, tracked and arrested before his plane took off, representatives from the Obama administration and U.S. Congress have praised the teamwork that led to his capture. But others say he shouldn’t have been on the plane in the first place.

“There appears to be a troubling gap between the time they had his name and the time he got on the plane,” said Senator Susan M. Collins, Republican of Maine, though she applauded the law enforcement officials who solved the case.

To read the New York Times article, click here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/nyregion/06plane.html