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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2005

Schumer: Check Terrorist Watch List BEFORE Planes Head to U.S.

News reports today indicate that an Air France flight from Paris to Boston was diverted to Bangor, Maine because a name of a person on the plane was found to be on the Terrorist Watch List after the flight departed for the Boston.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said, “Airplanes should not be allowed to depart for U.S. airports without having their passengers cleared with our Terrorist Watch List. The incredible danger and tremendous inconvenience caused by not clearing names with the terrorist watch list before a flight takes off is completely unacceptable. We must check the terrorist watch list before airplanes head to the United States.”

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