The No Fly list didn't work: From the AP: The Obama administration played down the fact that Shahzad, a U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, had made it aboard the plane. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wouldn't talk about it, other than to say Customs officials prevented the plane from taking off. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the security system has fallback procedures in place for times like this, and they worked. And Attorney General Eric Holder said he "was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him." But it seemed clear the airline either never saw or ignored key information that would kept Shahzad off the plane, a fact that dampened what was otherwise hailed as a fast, successful law enforcement operation. The no-fly list is supposed to mean just that. And Shahzad's name was added to the list early Monday afternoon as a result of breaking developments in the investigation, according to a law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. But when Emirates sold the ticket, it was working off an outdated list. Airline officials would have had to check a Web forum where updates are sent if it were to flag him. Because they didn't, law enforcement officials were not aware of his travel plans until they received the passenger list 30 minutes before takeoff, the official said. By that time, passengers are usually on board. Gibbs blamed the airline but emphasized a more positive bottom line: U.S. authorities did get Shahzad on the no-fly list and he never took off. Security slip let suspect on plane, near takeoff - Yahoo! News Note how the Obama Administration is blaming the airline (consistent with their record of never taking responsibility for anything). Given the urgency of this situation, one cannot help but wondering why they didn't exert a bit more effort to notify airlines of updated information. Timing is everything. With all the staffing available at the federal level, they couldn't contact the airlines at surrounding airports? Unbelievable.