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FBI admits French flights to US cancelled due to mistaken identity

US investigators wrongly identified six Air France passengers as potential terrorists, leading to the grounding of six flights between Paris and Los Angeles last week, US and French officials said. “Sometimes, it’s not until you physically ID a person that you find out it is not the person,” an FBI official said on condition of anonymity, backing earlier statements made by the French interior ministry. A ministry spokesman said the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had based its information on passenger lists containing names that were similar to those of suspected Al-Qaeda operatives who appear on US terror watch lists. “A check was carried out in each case and in each case it turned out to be negative,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. Full Story

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