U.S. authorities were tracking the Faisal Shahzad, 30, as he boarded Emirates Airline flight at Kennedy Airport bound for Dubai. The suspect made a cash payment for a one-way flight reservation, which triggered an alert by the airline to U.S authorities.
CBS News' Bob Orr said that Emirates Airline "notified the Department of Homeland Security and the rest of the federal government that they got a last minute request for a purchase- a one way purchase in cash - from an individual who wanted to go to Dubai. Those are all red flags. The airline said to the FBI and others this is suspicious and in fact, a short time later, the man was found on the plane and apprehended."
Administration officials said that Shahzad was placed on the federal no-fly list after authorities identified him, but the addition was too recent for the systems to automatically trigger an alert. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) instead resorted a more conventional "be on the lookout" type of alert to prevent Shahzad from fleeing.
Following is the exchange between the control tower and Emirates flight as it was on the runway and preparing for takeoff with Shahzad, and called back to the gate:
151058 Emirates 202 heavy, Kennedy tower, Runway 22 right position. 151101 Actually, I have a message for you to go back to the gate immediately 151105 so make the left turn when able. 151106
151107 So...22 -202, turning left here. 151112
151113 Alright, Emirates 202, make the left turn onto echo left alpha back to the ramp. I don't exactly why but you can call your company for the reason. 151121
151122 Will do that. Left onto echo, then onto alpha and back to the gate - via golf?More on the Times Square Terror Plot: