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N.Y. Bomb Suspect Triggers Tougher “No Fly” Rule

plane window2By Allan Lengel
For AOL NEWS

WASHINGTON — From an evil deed comes some good.

By slipping onto a Dubai-bound plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night despite landing on the “no-fly” list, suspected would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad highlighted a major gap in airline security — one that federal officials vowed today to close.

The Transportation Security Administration announced it will require airlines to check no-fly lists within two hours of being electronically notified of an urgent or “special circumstance expedited no-fly name,” as was the case Monday. The previous policy called for airlines to check the list within 24 hours of getting such a notice.

“As we saw with Faisal Shahzad, in an expedited no-fly nomination the airline is responsible for manually checking the name against the no-fly list within 24 hours,” an administration official said.

“In his case, the airline seemingly didn’t check the name, and the suspect was allowed to purchase a ticket and obtain a boarding pass.”

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Investigators Looking For Ties Overseas in NY Car Bomb Case

Bye Bye New York?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After making an arrest late Monday night in the New York car bomb case, the FBI continued to investigate whether other people or an organization, possibly overseas, were involved.

“The investigation remains very much ongoing, and the dedicated agents, detectives, and prosecutors on this case will continue to follow every lead and use every tool to keep the people of New York City safe,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, FBI’s George Venizelos and New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelley said in a statement issued Tuesday morning.

Around 11:45 p.m. Monday, FBI agents and New York police detectives arrested Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan who lived in Connecticut, for allegedly driving a car bomb into New York’s Times Square on Saturday.

The Justice Department said the suspect was arrested at JFK Airport after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to take a flight to Dubai.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan later Tuesday.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a press conference: “It’s clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans.  “We will not rest until we bring everyone responsible to justice.”

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