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  •  Mohammed Atta (none)
    used his credit card in his own name to purchase airline tickets. All the FAA had to do was to get all US Airlines to red flag all credit card holders on the suspect list.

    Credit card companies have no problem red flagging credit cards that are lost or stolen.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 08:41:26 AM PST

    •  Much easier than that (none)
      The reason the pilots gave up the cockpit was because that was standard procedure based on the assumption that highjackers would redirect the airplane, land, and make demands using the passengers and crew as hostages. If the FAA had simply notified pilots that highjackers were likely to commandeer the aircraft and commit suicide crashing it, and advising them to lock the cockpit door and defend it, the whole plot would have been foiled. One letter of advice, that's alll it would have taken.

      Pithecanthropus "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

      by johnmorris on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 09:30:16 AM PST

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      •  I agree, but screening to prevent (none)
        terrorists from getting on the planes in the first place is much better. It would not have been that difficult. Suspects who were on the FBI watch list were allowed to board airplanes! That's incredible to me.

        To thine own self be true - W.S.

        by Agathena on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:03:16 AM PST

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