US Tightens No-Fly Rules

Faisal Shahzad got on flight despite list
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2010 10:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Obama administration is tightening its no-fly-list rules in response to Times Square bomb scare suspect Faisal Shahzad's near-escape on a Dubai-bound flight. When an urgent new name is added to the watch-list, airlines will now have just two hours to check and make sure they don't have a matching passenger, the Washington Post reports; until now, they've had 24 hours to do so.

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Shahzad was put on the list Monday morning, through an expedited process that indicated that he was a high-risk passenger, but he was able to board a flight that night anyway. “The airline seemingly didn't check the name,” an administration official says, “and the suspect was allowed to purchase a ticket and obtain a boarding pass.” (Read more Faisal Shahzad stories.)

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