May 5th, 2010
10:12 AM ET

DHS changing no-fly list policy after Times Square plot

The Department of Homeland Security is changing its no-fly list update policies to prevent a repeat of what happened Monday, when the suspect in the Times Square attempted bombing was allowed to board a plane despite his name being on the no-fly list, a DHS official told CNN Wednesday.

The official said the Transportation Security Administration will require airlines to check the no-fly list within two hours of being electronically notified of additions or changes. Previously, airlines were required to re-check the list within 24 hours.

Faisal Shahzad, who has been charged in connection with the attempted bombing in Times Square, was able to board Emirates Flight 202 late Monday despite being put on a no-fly list earlier in the day. He made his reservation by phone as he drove to the airport just hours before the flight, investigators said. When he paid for his ticket in cash at the ticket counter, the airline had not refreshed its information so his name did not raise any red flags, a senior counterterrorism official told CNN.

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  1. Will F

    CNN keep reporting that the airline staff in jfk work for emirates airline,they dont,they work for a contractor and are very poorly paid and poorly trained,i know the name of the contractor but id rather not say here,i work at the airport and let me just say i have inside knowledge of how the list works,these contractors are not gsc trained and are going to make mistakes,the lists should be sent to cbp one hour before departure at the latest,thank god for the dilligent officers of cbp

    May 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mar

    We need better security in our airports. According to a CBS report back in 2002, the safest airport in the world is (was) Israel International Airport. Their airport security is run by the government secret service. They have several undercover agents screening people all over the airport.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don in Nevada

    The only way to stop this is to ban airplanes

    May 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Grant

    DHS... always one step behind. Janet Reno is as incompetent as she was when she was AZ's Governor.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bailoutsos

    Ask them when boarding if they would like terrorist on non-terrorist seating. That will help narrow down suspects.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barry

    The DHS and TSA couldn't find thier butts with both hands, a map, and a flashlight! What we need, is to have professional people doing the job. Instead we get minimum wage individuals with "do you want fries with that" credentials. Security takes profesional people donig a professional job.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    You mean even after the underwear bomber debacle, the no fly list is still jacked up? What's it going to take to get Obama off his @ss and do something?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. flip

    how about puttin BP on the "no drill" list?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tracy

    I commend the FBI. They got the guy. He was tricky, but guess what? Nobody got hurt. This loser was an American citizen with a wife & kids who owned (and lost by foreclosure ) a house, He got mad & filled a car with gas,propane and fertilizer to get revenge. We have 300 million people in this country & We still got him! How freakin cool is that?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. openout

    its those crazy anti american tea-baggers got the rest of the world hating on us

    May 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pam

    What I don't understand is why a list needs to be "refreshed" at all. Shouldn't the info be pushed to the airlines so it's automatically updated? Less human error involved?

    And no the military should not be acting on U.S. soil. Posse Comitatus anyone? National guard, maybe, but not the miliary. Oh right most of our national guard is in Iraq. Never mind.

    We need to learn from Israel's security techniques. Like yesterday.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 66lancers

    Hey "cokids", you are an idiot. What is the biggest mistake? Somebody erroneously on the list, or someone blowing up a plane?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom M.

    Grant (Post # 184) stated "DHS... always one step behind. Janet Reno is as incompetent as she was when she was AZ's Governor."

    Uhm, try Janet Napolitano. Janet Reno was AG under Pres. Clinton. Interesting to use the word incompetent.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gary

    The technology and automation is there...why are the updates to the not posted immediately and cross checked with each ticket purchased and each boarding pass issued?

    As Americans we refuse to life in fear and demand the highest level of technology be implemented to make safety a priority. For those who cry measures safety and security are an invasion of privacy I say..."If you have nothing to hide then there is no reason to fear loss of privacy when it comes to keeping our freedoms intact".

    May 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. openout

    tracy,
    agreed, this guy was captured within 54 hours, that is a dam good number

    May 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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