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. GabeK

    As long as TSA (Thousands, Standing Around) is being run by politically connected, do-nothing but go to conventions in Las Vegas, uber-liberal, political correctness cops, these fubars will continue. Let's subcontract airport security to the Isreali's and this mess we call TSA will be cleaned up in a week.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Really??????

    Hmmm, let's see; a last minute, same day flight booked to Dubai, final destination Pakistan; middle eastern last name; car bombing earlier in NYC; Are there not enough flags to trump the random profiling charge???

    May 5, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. vance burberry california

    Those who sacrifice Liberty for Security deserve neither..
    Benjamin Franklin..

    I would rather die free than live with no liberty..

    May 5, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alex Winter

    You're doing a heck of a job Nappie!

    May 5, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. andrew

    One of these days terrorist will have names such as David Jones, Larry Smith or Mary Rodriguez and we'll see just HOW efficient the TSA is!! If you think airport is a nightmare now wait till the future.
    Be careful what you wish for you may just get it.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Factual

    The no fly list is name-based. That means, all you have to do to avoid detection is use a different name on the flight ticket. The latest incident proves that the list is ineffective. There is simply no way to keep such a huge distributed database updated at a two-hour interval. The update procedures will take more than two hours! It is simply lunacy to rely on a tool such as a no-fly list for a nation the size of the USA.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. S

    Shouldn't the fact that someone pays for a ticket in cash hours before a flight raise a flag?

    May 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Manny

    Forget the politicians who end up on the no fly list. What's with children, kids who end up on the no fly list and the TSA insist on a pat down and scan with their helpless parents standing by watching their terrorized child.
    The TSA officials need to start using their heads and not their ego.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Henry

    DHS has missed the mark how many times now?!
    ...Its also the same system that caught him. The manifest went on a final review @ the Target Center in Virginia and identified him. The trail surveilance team lost him which can happen.How about a thank you for all of those that are doing the job instead of this political scoring. Even a perfect Jack Bauer world he can lost track of suspects but the point is everyone worked their best throughout the investigation until he got caught. Thank you is enough and stop insulting the law enforcement and stop worshiping the talking heads in the media.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Margroks

    I think the point is that they are clearly looking at the worng things here. They are examining grandmothers and five year olds and people with names similar to terrorists while ignoring real terroists whose names are REALLY ON watch lists. Because they are wasting time and personnel on people who are no threat they miss the real terrorists. Each moment they spend on those who are not a threat is a moment wasted on actual threats.

    Ths is a problem of agencies not working together and TSA people not being properly trained. Now they could still adopt the Israeli method and ask a few questions of everyone to determine who's acting squirelly but instead they use the hit-miss method or the very imperfect watch list methos and terrorists are still getting through. Ths guy was real close to getting away and he should never have been allowed to board the plane.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Todd

    but we also hear all of the stories about how a 2 year olds with unfortunate coincidental names can never board planes

    And this is a bad thing, why??

    May 5, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. will

    andrew- Mary Rodriguez? A women and Latin name? No need to worry.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Richard

    The no-fly list is not meant to prevent people from leaving the country; it's meant to prevent people from boarding the plane. Good do you Americans make it through the day being so ignorant about everything from the world to your own country.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    Does anyone else besides me feel that perhaps the reason this happened AGAIN as it has so many times, is because our airport security agents are more concerned with making sure elderly ladies dont' get on the plane with more than 3oz of their favorite perfume? Or perhaps I do not remove my shoes. Or perhaps I have a half eaten sandwich with me from a Mexican airport. They "perhaps" are more concerned with showing their absolute power and control and being obstinate than they are with preventing someone from getting on a plane that appears on a no fly list. Perhaps our priorities should change. Really scrutinize whats going on and protect us instead of trying to demonstrate that you have a powerful job and are really really important.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Martyn

    Life never ceases to amaze me, the Government can pick a winning number in a lottery game with millions of tickets sold however can't nab one guy, System is broken fix it, guess my question is do I fly or buy a lotto ticket? I log 60,000 miles a year, I'm reluctantly for the watch list, better to be 5 minutes late than never had arrived.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
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