U.S. Homeland Security officials has issued new rules requiring airlines to pay closer attention to changes in the no-fly list.
The rules came in response to the ability of alleged Times Square would-be bomber Faisal Shahzad’s ability to board a plane to Dubai even though his name appeared on the list.
Homeland Security told airlines changes to the no-fly list will now take effect immediately and airlines will be required to check the changes within two hours of receiving notification a high-priority name has been added, The New York Times reported.
Previously airlines had 24 hours to check for changes.
Shazhad, 30, a Pakistan-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was aboard an Emirates Airlines flight to Pakistan and ticketed through to Dubai when he was arrested late Monday. He faces a variety of terrorism and weapons charges for allegedly leaving a sport utility vehicle rigged as a bomb in Times Square Saturday night.
Shazhad had been scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday but the U.S. attorney’s office said it likely would be later this week before he is arraigned because he was still being questioned by investigators, CNN reported.