Airlines were formerly required to check the no-fly-list within 24 hours of its being updated. Now they will be required to check it within 2 hours of its being updated.
The suspect in this case was added to the no-fly-list a few hours before his flight boarded, but the airline didn't check the updated list before they boarded that flight.
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In my experience, the vast majority of foreign students who study in the US study for technical degrees, and for business/MBAs. This is even more true for foreign students from countries in the middle east and Asia, where in general and specific, US science and engineering degrees carry EXTREMELY high prestige in the home country.
In addition, in some foreign countries, the gov't is willing to sponsor the US studies of promising tech/science students, because those tech and science skills are so needed in the home country - not for evil, but for good.
ETA: and for those students who are funding their US studies themselves, if not well-off, their families have often "mortgaged" everything they own in order to send their child here. Financially, the investment is huge, and parents will put their entire savings, pull in favors from other family members, take on second and third jobs, in order to pay for their child's US tuition. Even if the family is well-off, financially, this type of investment is often only made if the degree has immediate and high impact earnings potential - so that's usually only done for tech and science related degrees.
In the end, while yes, it probably is the case that terrorist orgs want to recruit people with tech skills, another significant part of this is that the vast majority, if not nearly all, of the students from those countries who are studying in the US are studying tech subjects.
Last edited by GarrAarghHrumph; 05-06-2010 at 02:13 AM.
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All clear just called. I heart the NYPD. Keep being vigilant guys!!