Ever since Faisal Shahzad forgot how to press start on his explosive devices in NYC, this is how we’re living…
U.S. authorities said they stopped a taxiing Emirates airliner in New York Thursday and pulled off a couple in what turned out to be a no-fly list false alarm. Siraj Akram Khan, 36, and Shakil Kahn of Lorton, Va., had U.S. passports aboard Dubai-bound Flight EK204 when officials suspected they were on a government no-fly list, forced the plane back to the gate at JFK Airport and removed them for questioning, sources told the New York Daily News.
-For the second time in less than three days, officials halted a commercial jetliner bound for Dubai only moments before it was to take off from Kennedy International Airport.
Like the turnaround of a flight on Monday night that led to the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, the man suspected of placing a car bomb in Times Square, the episode on Thursday morning was triggered by a male passenger’s name matching one on a federal “no-fly” list intended to keep people from boarding flights, an official said.
from CNN May7
Times Square evacuated after suspicious package found-
[Udated at 1:51 p.m.] A spokesman for the Times Square Alliance says, according to the NYPD, the following streets are closed:
- East bound on 46th street from 8th Ave
- West bound on 45th street from 6th Ave.
- And the Broadway and 7th Ave plaza between 44th and 47th.
- 44th and 47th streets themselves are not closed.
[Updated at 1:45 p.m.] The suspicious package that prompted evacuations in New York’s Times Square is a white cooler that was left near the front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, police told CNN.
The area is not far from where Faisal Shahzad left his SUV that had explosives in it.