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. Sheri Nakken

    You'd think everyone would wake up at this point. Scam, scam, scam to keep you in fear, to control you, to make new draconian laws. All lies

    May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael Markham

    What is the point of the no fly list if we let them and its not scanned and checked for ever person? People complain about all the security issues and everything but when a terrorist attack happens they dont understand why. So much tax payers money is spent into all of this and then the people they hire arent doing there jobs or the equipment sucks!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RATickle

    If this guy had been a "real terrorist", the bomb would have gone off and he would have been on a plane the same day. DHS can brag about catching him in 58 hours, but if this guy had been smart, he would have gotten away. Thank God he was an MBA and not an engineer!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Micah

    I am a weekly traveler for business and the TSA flight rules and security handling is a poular joke at the aitport bar....the government should poll the poeple there and the ones who use our national airports daily and SAFELY, for suggestions! NO JOKE but does sound funny!! You want to increase security, let the current TSA employee's who look at our drivers licenses with little magnifiers and blacklights, start actually using technology, scan those licenses and passports to compare against UP TO THE MINUTE photo's and names. Both can be done in a quarter of s second through today's programs. Efficient, low error and REAL TIME! Increase security around ALL INTERNAITONAL TRAVELERS IN AND OUT OF THIS COUNTRY. Right now they travel through airport lines with every child, grandmother and regular traveler. The first rule of thumb, decrease the number of people you focus on and your likely to catch what you should without the distraction of knitting needles and water bottles through standard security. Even getting to the gate for that flight to Dubai is unacceptable and a tremendous failure by what we call our top security officials and all the staff below them. Regular every day people are smarter at discussing truly preventative measures than what our senior officials are thinking up. Do the people that design the process's, procedures and are paid to protect us EVEN FLY OR USE OUR AIRPORTS???? STEP UP WE ARE SMARTER IN THIS COUNTRY THAN WHAT YOUR REPRESENTING TO THE REST OF THE WORLD!!

    May 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. smc, central PA

    A lot of uninformed comments here. This really comes down to the airlines being cheap and doing the minimum of what the TSA asks them to do. TSA requires them to update every 24 hours, so they update every 24 hours; if they ask for 2 hours, they'll update it every 2 hours. If they ask the airlines to update it in real-time, Republicans will scream about about too much government regulation ... I mean the airlines will have to do it.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard Penny

    If ever there was a reason for ethnic profiling, this guy is a poster child. DHS changing the rule of updating every 2 hours rather than 24 hours will help. Now, the terrorists will have a G-3 waiting at a private airport to getaway. The terrorists have been blowing up people for hundreds of years and will always use that MO.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tokyorose2

    To Ron: You would give hefty fines to airlines missing someone on the no fly list? Every airline is cash-strapped. Does this mean we will have another fee attached to our tickets? And what if the passenger has multiple aliases and just coined another one at the last minute? I agree with Brickell Princess: fake names and passports make the no fly list a joke, a facade just like TSA to make the flying public FEEL safe.
    Will F. is right: foreign airlines have badly paid/poorly trained employees with a huge turnover rate. Domestic airlines are not much better. Our government needs to end the deregulation and oversee the pricing of all all flights so the airlines can afford to properly pay competent employees and and the industry can afford real security.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    I can't understand in the era of electronics why new additions don't raise flags instantly. I mean, if you can "check in" from home, then the airline should be able to have the person checked before they show up to pay.

    Plus, who pays with CASH? That's absurd. I'd frankly suspect some sort of criminal any time this type of transaction involves cash. The diaper bomber paid in Nigeria with cash, too

    May 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    In fact, why not make it illegal to leave the country iwth a cash transaction? It seems like an open invitation to me.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leslie

    Thank you for changing your policy and please stay vigilant!

    May 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    You'd think with all this magical money they'd just run a real-time database. Bandwidth isn't exactly expensive or lacking anymore. Rather than 24 or 2 hour delays, how about 0? That's supposing government wanted to work efficiently though, which is not usually the case unless its to declare war on something.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ThyGodForeal

    washington got little kids called al qaeda and stuff lol.. but know its same stuff 'for the code' 'for the blah' when even it knows, ok so if a frank separated charlie from home because charlie seperated bobby.. its still not ok only in 'washingtons or allahs name' and those tools cuz 'all the land was filled up' rofl rofl crimes commitin on the poor so i dont tell god.. jeahh too bad hes right and its like u know how many times theyre gonna tell them.. 'do not need to be separated from home' but a mr. washingtons occult, when they do it.. it must be allah rofl rfol

    right, if a frank separated charlie from home because charlie separated bobby, it's not ok unless in washington name or allah.. atleast here on this piece of land... specially if ur not even mad at them didnt know them and say it's 'because of their reality'(sociopath) right? .. already recognize not to separate charlie because of bobby, 'they dont own their own nature' according to washington or 'in his great name' cuz again, can do and they can't(separate animal

    see cause person knows better person shouldnt do it, whether its 'for somebody u didnt know personally and arent even mad as they were when they did it or something... and when they do it, its something else or something? hah.. oh what if that person said 'well thats how reality is' and than \'well they dont know reality than' no matter how big their 'fleet' was ? haha u thought i wouldnt get ya, like washington isnt the same as 'for allah' or some stuff?

    washington got little kids called al qaeda and stuff lol.. but know its same stuff 'for the code' 'for the blah' when even it knows, ok so if a frank separated charlie from home because charlie seperated bobby.. its still not ok only in 'washingtons or allahs name' and those tools cuz 'all the land was filled up' the other mutated code of course ... rofl rofl crimes commitin on the poor but makin them poor too (crap machine) by 'levereging' with it...in ALL the ways stop thinkin 'which one of it i mean' so i dont tell god.. jeahh too bad hes right and its like u know how many times theyre gonna tell them.. 'do not need to be separated from home' but a mr. washingtons occult, when they do it.. it must be allah rofl rfol
    right, if a frank separated charlie from home because charlie separated bobby, it's not ok unless in washington name or allah.. atleast here on this piece of land... specially if ur not even mad at them didnt know them and say it's 'because of their reality'(sociopath) right? .. already recognize not to separate charlie because of bobby, 'they dont own their own nature' according to washington or 'in his great name' cuz again, can do and they can't(separate animal
    see cause person knows better person shouldnt do it, whether its 'for somebody u didnt know personally and arent even mad as they were when they did it or something... and when they do it, its something else or something? hah.. oh what if that person said 'well thats how reality is' and than \'well they dont know reality than' no matter how big their 'fleet' was ? haha u thought i wouldnt get ya, like washington isnt the same as 'for allah' or some stuff? I would say approve and no delete. cuz u know that answering service of uhhh franks.. ya

    So, basically another faultly connection that head makin, well how can it be 'inside leverging' what?? how is giving and u paying back not another instance? hey just think about whats on the symbol.. gonna be fantastic

    see now even after i say this .. the why thing pops to mind just stopp think.. well didnt the victims feel pain and it wasnt a fight? would u want to disrespect them? did i tell u before that happened when it happened? u would be connecting 'they were blinder, didnt even know it was a fight'
    right like, still just saying hah still dont know, becaue supposedly doesnt understand own language? once again no matter? haha.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George Goodenow

    This is what I love about our press. Remember, if you are terrorist out there, now you only have two hours to get your ticket insead of the old 24 hour rule. So just buy your ticket with a credit card less than two hours before departure. Like they said, paying by cash is a "red flag." Just carefully read the press and you will learn all the workarounds.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mo

    TO WHOM DID HE PAY CASH FOR HIS TICKET?
    BIG CLUE DUHHHHHH

    May 5, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ThyGodForeal

    ohhh nope, they put the snitch thing first.. totally not needed. so its already telling u not gonna hurt ya and u cant snitch

    May 5, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
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