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. xfiler93

    Believe the nofly list needs some work.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. herb


    May 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    Just have to love how much you people think our government does nothing right. Yea our politicans suck but we are the idiots who keep electing them over and over. Stop voting for someone simply because they belong to YOUR party. How about throwing out ALL Republicans and Democrats and go third party. Send a message or stop complaining. P.S. Our agencies like DHS, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc must be doing something right don't you think because we have had no major attacks since 911. Maybe you know it alls sign up if you can do so much better.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Panky22

    My issue with the TSA are the staff are so well trained and preoccupied with the routines of passenger screening for basic nonsense such toilettries in plastic bags, metal detector, shoes off,laptop out, no liquids etc, etc. The commonsense are gone like buying the ticket the same day of flight, with cash, going to Dubai then Pakistan and recent bomb plot in NYC,like HELLO!!!! I dont think any of these staff are vigilant or even thinking or care. They should be retrained on the reasons they are created for their job. They have lost the FOCUS of who they are trying to catch to all those made up rules for flying.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    Issues with the names on the no fly list is a separate issue from that in this story. Try to keep up.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David Funk

    The DHS needs to be required to make an effort to notify you If you are on the list and provide more than just a name, things like age nationality SS# or passport #, picture etc and then how about a speedy process to clear your name.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve B

    It's better to have too many people on the "No Fly List" than too few!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gurm

    Stupid religious when I need to buy tickets in emergency......seems like its gonna be a problem or at least an issue......freakin' extremists.......they helped making a law against a sweet convenience.........dumb extremists.....grrrrrr......!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Janet Goodell

    Do we even hear about people who are and need to be on the no-fly list not being allowed on planes. You folks are assuming we get nationwide coverage on every action taken by TSA. We hear about the screw-ups. There are probably dangerous people not flying because they can't. Everyone is so quick to assume the system doesn't work. F.S. was caught because law enforcement were doing their job. He got on the plane because he was not put on the no-fly list and had not raised any red-flags until that day–not because people are not doing their jobs or the system is totally ineffective. You folks shoud go to work doing something like this. Its a work in progress.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TimThorp

    Why are my comments not posted..??

    May 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom Rota

    Why not have airlines log directly into DHS no-fly list instead of having there on list which they need to update? Just have one list in real time?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TimThorp

    Where do new comments show up, and when?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOB

    GabeK, how you concluded the TSA is run by uber liberals is an amazing stretch of allegedly human imagination.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Arlene

    Even if they missed his name on the No Fly List, don't you think that buying a one way ticket to Dubai and having a goat would raise some flags. What is wrong with us?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mohamed Hanafi

    Brilliant work by the NYPD and the FBI. This man is barely escaped with his crime. No one is learning cheaply. The christmas bomber thought us to increase airport security and the Times square bomber taught us to update the no-fly list MORE frequently.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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