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Times Square probe; suspect able to buy ticket despite being on no-fly list

WASHINGTON (AP) -  Federal law enforcement officials are offering fresh details about the apprehension of the suspect in the failed car bombing attempt in New York.

Faisal Shahzad was detained at New York's Kennedy Airport as he was attempting to leave on a flight to Dubai. A law enforcement official says Shahzad's name was added to the no-fly list early yesterday afternoon.

Counter terrorism officials send electronic notifications to airlines when watch lists are updated, but it is up to the airlines to check the web forum where the notifications are sent. If Emirates airlines had done this, the airline would have been able to flag Shahzad when he purchased his ticket.

Law enforcement officials were not aware of his travel plans until they received the flight manifest 30 minutes before takeoff. The Emirates airlines flight was ordered stopped so Shahzad could be arrested. An official says the flight had not left the gate at that point. The plane was ordered to return to the gate so that two other people could be questioned. They were later cleared.

 

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