An unidentified official told the U.S. news network the change is in response to reports that Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who allegedly tried to blow up an airliner as it approached Detroit on a flight from the Netherlands Christmas Day, had a two-year, multiple-entry U.S. visa. AbdulMutallab's father alerted the U.S. Embassy about his son's extreme political views but the information was not correlated with his visa status.
The State Department is also considering linking to airline passenger databases to alert airlines that visas have been revoked, the official said. Under current regulations, airline employees do not know if the visa in a passport is valid unless they call the State Department.
President Barack Obama asked for preliminary reports by Thursday on how security measures failed, allowing AbdulMutallab on the plane.
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