Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Emirates Airlines: Duh

At a time when anyone who is remotely conscious knew that a person who tried to create a car-bomb explosion in Times Square was on the loose, Emirates Airlines decided in its wisdom not to monitor the latest "No Fly" list. It allowed prime suspect Faisal Shahzad to buy a ticket for Pakistan (via Dubai) and actually board one of its flights, though his name was on the updated list. Only FBI monitoring of passenger lists prevented Shahzad from getting away; he was taken from the plane while it was still at the gate.

Shouldn't Emirates' rights as a carrier at least be suspended -- if not indefinitely, at least for some significant length of time? Failure to monitor this list puts all air travelers at risk.

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