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. BobMD

    How about not wasting 95% of our resources screening little old ladies and 3 year old kids? Muslim males flying to and from the middle east should get 90% of the focus.

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

    If your name gets on the list by mistake, that's tough. Better one person be inconvenienced than hundreds be put in harms way. That is a small sacrifice for your country. And remember, without security, your liberty is at risk.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meee

    booked tkt by phone, showed up in the airport one hr before, paid in CASH. CASH! how pay by cash? only terrorists. DHS didn't learn from 911?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Buddhadev

    It's pointless if we leave it up to the airlines to check the no-fly list. The DHS staff who provide security checks at the airport should be the ones checking the boarding pass against the no-fly list before any passenger is allowed past that point. Being dependent on airlines' staff (that too, international airlines staff) for our nation's security is absolutely ridiculous - it points to total incompetence and lack of foresight by DHS. It's a shame that an ordinary weekly traveler like myself can see through this - yet, the ones who get paid to think about our security cannot. I guess, we will be at the mercy of terrorists or their incompetence... SHAMEFUL Indeed!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gurm

    Oh wait.....this new law is only for Muslims? or somebody going to Saudi Arabai or some Muslim country? if so.....that's good.....I was stressing out on nothing.....good new law then.....!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Arlene

    so let's tell the world that you can buy a ticket under the 2 hour limit and not worry about being looked up on the No Fly List. WOW

    May 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike Dunford

    the critical issue is- how can someone call for plane reservation on the way to the airport, purchase one way ticket to a foreign country, then pay cash at the ticket counter and NOT be scrutinized by the ticket agent!!! I didn't think you even could buy a ticket that close to flight departure!! He never should've been granted the ticket and never should've been able to get on the plane, in the first place!!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    "Security by Luck" should be their motto

    May 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IDK

    I don't see how hard it is to receive an e-mail, notifying you of an update, and then immediately do a search of your passenger database for the updated individuals. If you can book a one way ticket with cash hours before the plane leaves with a destination of Pakistan, shouldn't be that hard to type a name in a search field.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. herb

    Airport security is not the issue here. We have to look at what is causal in these incidents. As long as the America's political Plutocracy continues to support armed occupation of other countries to plunder their resources and support the America's military industrial complex greed machine (Halliburton etc.) motivation for these types incidents will continue.

    American leaders should be focused on saving our democracy, our planet and indeed our very way of life (Deep Water Horizon "accident") from corporate carpetbaggers who are quietly and not so quietly(Citizens United vs US) taking control of the government and erasing and/or perverting the principles and rights our founding fathers intended for all Americans.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Will F

    What most americans do not know is that foreign airlines with opperations in the usa at airports like jfk employ contractors to represent them,they are very badly paid and poorly trained and the turnover rate is huge,this is how this guy got through and on to that aircraft,this is a weak link similar to the poorly paid security checkpoits at airports pre 911 which of course led to our worst terrorist attack on us soil

    May 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Arlene

    The No Fly List should be scanning names 24/7 – we have the technology – why aren't we using it?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BrickellPrincess

    Anyone can fly with a fake name and fake passport. This is all a joke, a false sense of security to make you all think these "security experts" know what they are doing.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jen

    Yes, It did expose gaps in the No-Fly system. Every thing has gaps...there is no way around it, some one is going to drop the ball at some point, Wither it be an agency or airlines. No system is perfect each and every time. What can we do about it? that depends on the amount of freedom will be taken away from the innocent. I don't enjoy having to go through so much security every time we fly some where, but does that make me feel safe?.not really...if someone wants to do harmful things to people in public places, nothing will stop them...just luck and hopefully keen eyes of the public. We all can be more vigilant about our surroundings, that might make it a deterrent for someone who is inclined to do us harm.
    I hope that a PLAN will be implemented that will catch more people like Faisal Shahzad. So glad he was caught. Hopefully he will rot in prison or death if convicted. Send him to Arizona, they have the best prison system and every State should follow suit.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kris

    Boo frickin hoo if you end up on the no fly list and have an inconvenience and have to go to the airport early. Are you saying you'd rather hundreds of people get blown up than you experience a minior inconvenience?!?!?! IDIOTS. there is too much instant gratification in this country.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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