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NEWS: No fly passenger on BA flight

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posted on Jan, 12 2005 @ 07:25 PM
A man suspected of potential terrorist affiliation had to be taken off a British airways flight with 239 passengers flying from London Heathrow airport to New York. The plane had to be turned around in mid flight Wednesday because of a passenger that was flying on a French passport was found on the U.S. no-fly list; he was placed on the list in late December but the airlines did not have that current list. The man was allowed to board only to find out that he had to be turned around and taken off of the plane. British Airways did not have the current no-fly list because the method of distributing list changed and may have lapsed. The passenger was taken into custody by Metropolitan police; his name was on the list for suspected terrorist affiliation.
Officials declined to identify him or say why he was on the list, which contains the names of suspected terrorists and those who help them.Police said they questioned and released the man at 8:40 p.m. (3:40 p.m. ET).

A U.S. government official said the man's name was on the list because of a "potential affiliation with known terrorists that were working out of Morocco."He was "not under investigation for carrying out any terrorist act."

In the United States, Transportation Security Administration officials said federal authorities asked British Airways to divert the plane to Bangor, Maine, after the positive match was discovered. British Airways opted instead to return to Heathrow, officials said."There was never a threat to the airplane," the statement said.

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Why didnt British Airlines have the current no-fly list? If this happens again, the suspect might not comply and try something terrorist related and refuse to get off the plane. If the no-fly list isn't being seen, then they can let anyone on without knowing if he or she is allowed on the plane in the first place. In my opinion, that is a high risk being taken by the airlines and the people who are supplying the no-fly list to the other airlines. What happens if another terrorist attack happens just because someone never sent the no-fly list to the airlines?

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[edit on 12-1-2005 by Banshee]

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