Times Square Terrorism Suspect Faisal Shahzad Arrested on an Emirates Flight
Only 55 hours after the SUV filled with a makeshift explosive device was found and investigated in NYC's Times Square, the police have apprehended the lead suspect. Where was Faisal Shahzad, you ask? Oh, just onboard Emirates flight to Dubai, getting ready to depart from JFK Airport; the cabin door had even already been closed.
Although Shahzad was added to the No-Fly List earlier on Monday, Emirates crew failed to double-check the updated list and ignored a memo that an important new name had been added. Thus, he bought his ticket that day in cash and boarded the plane just fine until the airline sent its final passenger list to Customs and Border Protection, according to Gothamist, which flagged his name and acted quickly to re-board the plane and arrest him.
More details, after the jump
At almost 11pm last night, Shahzad looked up from his seat onboard the Emirates plane to the authorities there for him and said: "I was expecting you. Are you NYPD or FBI?" Actually, it was neither; the Customs and Border Protection people got him, and now Emirates is in hot water over their disregard for the No-Fly List. In the end, the No-Fly List did work to get Shahzad found and arrested, since without his name being flagged on the final passenger list, he'd be over in Dubai (or even on to Pakistan) toking on a hookah and noshing on a kefta kabob.
· Terror Suspect Shazad on No-Fly List But Got on Plane [Gothamist]
· Is Times Square Really a Dangerous Area? [Jaunted]
· No-Fly List news [Jaunted]