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If they're on the no-fly list, how come they don't find out until they are on the plane?

Such incompetence. What is the point of the no-fly list? Makes you feel really secure about holiday travel. A flight from Paris bound for DC was diverted to Bangor, Maine because some bonehead finally figured out a person on the plane was on the no-fly list. (AP):

Air France Flight 026 was diverted to Bangor on Saturday night and the two men were detained at a local jail. They were being transported to Massachusetts Sunday as officials investigated why the passenger was allowed to board the plane in Paris.

The second man detained was traveling with the banned passenger.

Paula Grenier, spokeswoman for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, said the men would be expelled from the country within the next couple of days. She did not comment on why one of the men was on the no-fly list.

Officials at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor where the men were held Saturday night identified them as Abdeluala Ahmed Lahiti, 47, and Mohammed Oukassou, 76.

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