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Prevention Of No-Fly List Terrorists From Boarding Aircraft

Intellicheck Mobilisa : 10 May, 2010  (New Product)
Intellicheck Mobilisa explains how Defense ID can be used in the civil aviation industry for screening passengers before boarding to identify fake or forged documents, wanted individuals and suspected terrorists
Intellicheck Mobilisa has been featured on BNN, CBS and NBC, discussing technology currently available that can identify and stop terrorists from boarding planes, in light of the Times Square bomber's near escape at John F Kennedy International Airport, despite being on a "No-Fly" list. Dr Nelson Ludlow, CEO of Intellicheck Mobilisa, noted in the interviews that his company manufactures ID scanning technology that could have easily identified Faisal before he boarded the plane.

'For less than $1.5 million, the Department of Homeland Security could outfit the eight terminals at JFK with nearly 80 devices that could scan people at checkpoints. Our Defense ID technology can be implemented at airports around the country, giving them the ability to validate a person's identification in less than three seconds. In this case, Shahzad would have been detained at the gate rather than on the plane itself," said Dr Ludlow.

Dr Ludlow continued, "A recent national Zogby Poll said that nearly 90% of the American travelling public is in favour of having their ID scanned at the TSA checkpoint. The Department of Homeland Security claims to use a 'Layers of Security' approach, so we are advocating they need to add one more (or modify one), which is the 'Travel Document Checker' layer, instead of shining a light on the ID, which is useless. Technology that can check if an ID is fake, and check if the person is on the "No-Fly" list or other lists, needs to be employed. That way, if a guy buys a ticket at the last minute with cash, and other layers don't work, then the terrorist can be stopped at the TSA checkpoint."

The Times Square bomber, whom authorities have identified as Faisal Shahzad, failed in his attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York City on May the 1st. But he nearly succeeded in escaping the United States by boarding Emirates Flight 202 at New York's John F Kennedy airport bound for Dubai at around 11:45 pm on Monday night.

Deputy FBI director John Pistole said Shahzad's name was placed on the national "No-Fly" list just hours before he was arrested—hours after it should have been. Customs and border protection officials at JFK airport ordered that the flight be stopped shortly before takeoff, and they were able to arrest Shahzad on the plane and turned him over to the FBI. A senior counter-terrorism official says at the time he bought his ticket, the airline had not refreshed its information, so his name did not raise any red flags.

Just minutes from fleeing the country, Shahzad was finally matched with a passenger manifest after he had cleared ticketing and airport security, and taken his seat. US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declined to say how Shahzad was able to board the flight if he was on the "No-Fly" list. "He was ahead of the data," a police source said. "It wasn't until after he was aboard the aircraft that the information about him caught up with the manifest."

"Clearly the guy was on the plane and shouldn't have been, and we got very lucky," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a midtown news conference.

Intellicheck's Defense ID System, which is being used at Andrews Air Force Base and many other military installations, is a handheld device that reads barcodes, magnetic stripes, on current forms of ID cards. By scanning and comparing the information to over 140+ "bad guy" and FBI Watch databases, Defense ID can immediately: determine if the ID is fake, determine if the ID is reported lost or stolen, determine if the individual has outstanding wants and warrants, and determine if the individual is on an authorized roster of previously cleared personnel. Also Defense ID has a photo capture capability, incident recording and a manual search option.
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