"The commission sought to deal with reports that relatives of bin Laden and other influential Saudis were permitted to fly out of the United States right after the attacks, when the FAA ordered all U.S. flights grounded.
Six chartered flights carrying 142 Saudis did leave the country after the attacks, but none left before commercial flights resumed and all were screened by the FBI before they were permitted to leave. "Nobody of interest to the FBI with regard to the 9/11 investigation was allowed to leave," the commission concluded. "
GORTON: One more question on that subject. When the approvals were finally made and when the flight left, was the flight embargo still in effect? Or was that over; were we flying once again?
CLARKE: No, sir. No, Senator. The reason that a decision was needed was because the flight embargo, the grounding, was still in effect.
Fishing rod in hand, Attorney General John Ashcroft left on a weekend trip to Missouri Thursday afternoon aboard a chartered government jet, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart.
In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
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