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from avweb (re: 9/11)

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Dec 14, 2001
PLANNING A HIJACK? RIGHT THIS WAY...: Nine of the 19 September 11 hijackers were singled out for security concerns that day, according to a report in the Washington Post last weekend. Six of the men were pulled aside because a computerized screening system prompted checking their baggage for weapons or explosives. Two were singled out because
of problems with their identification papers ... apparently, they
weren't really big problems. Security personnel pulled aside the ninth man because he was listed as traveling with one of the men who had "questionable identification." According to the report, it is not known whether or not the men were interrogated. If they were, clearly the interrogations were no more effective than the screening methods -- the crimes were undeterred.
They were probably asked if they wanted fries with that burger and to pull around and board immediately.
Denied boarding

They could not deny boarding to them for any legitimate reason regardless of being singled out.

The point that the general public missed is that if we had the entire Secret Service, CIA, FBI, Boston Police, whatever standing at the gate, there was no reason to deny boarding.
Well...when all else fails, there's always "racial profiling."

While it's true that security would have needed valid reasons to deny boarding, and may have been unable (stress may) to prevent boarding, should the captain be provided pertinent information, the captain can always refuse boarding or make stipulations.

In all probability, however, none of the preboarding concerns with the various passengers were ever brought to the attention of the crew. It may not have made a difference, but do you wonder what if?
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