I hope you are feeling much safer now

by Volker Weber

(CNN) -- U.S. authorities refused to allow a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 747 to fly over the United States, officials said Sunday.

Flight 685 from Amsterdam to Mexico City was denied permission to fly south across the Canada-U.S. border on Friday because the names of two passengers aboard were included on a U.S. "no-fly" terrorist watch list, KLM spokesman Bart Koster said.

The flight, carrying 278 passengers, returned to Amsterdam, Koster said. He told The Associated Press that on Saturday, a flight without the two listed passengers departed Amsterdam and arrived in Mexico City.

"I hope this was a once-in-a-lifetime incident," Koster said. "It's, of course, very frustrating for passengers and crew to be more than 10, 11 hours in the air, to come back where you departed."

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Oh yeah, much safer. Especially since the 2 persons were not on any european terrorist watch list and were just send off in Amsterdam ;-)

Almar Diehl, 2005-04-11

The US Authorities showed admirable restraint - if it was me, I'd have blown up the whole plane and salted the earth were it fell down, just to be absolutely sure no people with funny names could cross in my country...

This watch list is absolutely useless - any terrorist worth his grenades will know how to change his name.

Alex Boschmans, 2005-04-11

It appears the two passengers were Aynayda Pizaqvick and Malexa Krost.

Volker Weber, 2005-04-11

The big question - did they get double the frequent flyer miles?

Brian Benz, 2005-04-11

Craig Feron, a Homeland Security Spokesman, lists the names of suspected terrorists in the following broadcast:

http://gorillamask.net/denirosnl.shtml

Vincent Grant, 2005-04-12

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