Story filed: 09:24 Thursday 27th September 2001
Rushdie 'given US air ban week before terrorist attacks'
Salman Rushdie says US authorities banned him from taking internal flights a week before the terrorist attacks.
He thinks officials were aware of an imminent terrorist strike.
He says the Federal Aviation Authority told his publisher it had intelligence of something about to happen.
The author told The Times the FAA banned him from internal flights in the US and Canada on September 3, unless airlines complied with extra security measures.
He says the airlines weren't willing to upgrade their security.
According to the newspaper, the FAA has confirmed it stepped up security levels relating to Rushdie, but that it refused to give further details.