Airlines Required to Check No-Fly List Within Two Hours
Effective immediately, the government will now require airlines to check the no-fly list within two hours of being notified of list updates. Previously, airlines were only required to check the list within 24 hours.
The Associated Press is reporting the new measure is a response to the failed bombing attempt by Faisal Shahzad, who allegedly tried to blow up an SUV in Times Square Saturday evening. Early Monday, Shahzad was added to the no-fly list, just hours before he bought a last minute ticket and boarded an Emirates flight bound to Dubai at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Emirates had failed to check the latest version of the list that included Shahzad's name. However, Customs and Border Protection officials noticed Shahzad was on the list around 30 minutes before the flight was scheduled for take off. Officials pulled Shahzad off the plane and arrested him just minutes before the plane pulled out of the gate.
A U.S. homeland security official who spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the policy change said airlines could be fined if they do not comply with the changes.
The no-fly list, said to include around 6,000 names, was created after the September 11th, 2001, attacks. The government also maintains a Secondary Security Screening Selection list which tags passengers for extra inspection.