ROMULUS, Mich. – An attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke — sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaida to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said.
The commotion began as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew members from Amsterdam, prepared to land in Detroit just before noon Friday. Travelers said they smelled smoke, saw a glow, and heard what sounded like firecrackers. At least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man, who officials say was trying to ignite an explosive device.
"It sounded like a firecracker in a pillowcase," said Peter Smith, a passenger from the Netherlands. "First there was a pop, and then (there) was smoke."
Smith said one passenger, sitting opposite the man, climbed over passengers, went across the aisle and tried to restrain the man. The heroic passenger appeared to have been burned.
Afterward, the suspect was taken to a front-row seat with his pants cut off and his legs burned. Multiple law enforcement officials also said the man appeared badly burned on his legs, indicating the explosive was strapped there. The components were apparently mixed in-flight and included a powdery substance, multiple law enforcement and counterterrorism officials said.
The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel. Dutch anti-terrorism authorities said the U.S. has asked all airlines to take extra precautions on flights worldwide that are bound for the United States.
The incident was reminiscent of Richard Reid, who tried to destroy a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 with explosives hidden in his shoes, but was subdued by other passengers.
Multiple law enforcement officials identified the suspect in Friday's attempted attack as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. He was described as Nigerian.
One law enforcement official said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil, but other law enforcement officials cautioned that such claims could not be verified immediately, and said the man may have been acting independently — inspired but not specifically trained or ordered by terror groups.
I think the man just went crazy when he found out he was landing in Detroit and was trying to do everyone a favor....but on Christmas day? Come on now. But the world cries like a baby if we so much as sight-in on a Muslim during Ramadan.
Good. Losts of various news on Xmas this year... Pope got tackled too..
I heard that. Pretty sure you go to hell for sacking the Pope, or blowing up a plane on Christmas. But, in retrospect, the plane WAS going to detroit.
NiteStryker;5179447 But, in retrospect, the plane WAS going to detroit
You must spread some reputation around before giving it to NiteStryker again.
I didn't even know Detroit still had an Airport. :lulz:
Feel me. Do I feel pretty?
15th September 2004
Trying to blow up a plane...on Christmas day...
He couldn't have waited and tried the day after. Also, passengers are no longer pushovers since 9/11.
Still, now there are some exposed holes in Dutch airport security.
But the world cries like a baby if we so much as sight-in on a Muslim during Ramadan.
Yeah, but you have Muslims terrorizing Muslims on Ramadan. Terrorists should wait until after holidays to terrorize, not that I support it at all. In fact, make everyday a holiday. We'll instantly win the war on terrorism.
Killer Kyle;5179552Terrorists should wait until after holidays to terrorize
But from a terrorist viewpoint Christmas is a perfect time to strike to create the most fear, anger, civil unrest etc. People might be more inclined to let there guard down on this day aswell because there in the holiday spirit.
p.s. I couldn't help but laugh at the Pope :lulz:
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Still, now there are some exposed holes in Dutch airport security.
Concerning Dutch airport security:
- Planes bound for the US have the passenger lists sent to the US security agencies in advance (3 days?), a person needs to be cleared (given teh thumbsup from the US authorities) before being allowed on the flight. So at the very least the guy was granted access to the US by US authorities.
- The security checks in place are the well known X-raying of handluggage (carry on luggage) to check for what has been banned by international agreements (such as no more then 100ml of liquids, sharp objects and all that) and passing through a metal detector.
What they don't do is padding you down or searching your carry on lugggage (unless you are picked out as a suspicious person ofcourse) or search for traces of explosives, drugs etc. (they might if a dog patrol walks by). So in all, standard international procedures.
Now the tightend the security for planes bound to the US up (temporary?), which means all passenger will have to undergo a paddown and all luggage be looked through. Which to me sounds rather labour intensive (security costs plenty as is), time consuming and revoking even more privacy. If they want to make that a permanent thing they'll have to invest more money, we'll pay more and lose even more privacy/liberties.
And it won't stop a determiend terrorist anyway. I already found the trade off of liberty versus "security" a bit unbalanced to begin with. ______________________________________
As far as the guy goes: Meh, it doesn't sound to be more then the work of an amateur who invested a tiny little bit of time and effort not to get detected outright. It doesn't sound like a serious threat to me, the damage the guy could have done sounds minimal and I therefor doubt this was a "real" (serious) assault.
But it sounds like a nice reason to strip us of even more liberties... ugh. And then we just have to wait for someone else to bypass current security rules/systems for yet additional restrictions and rules to come into force. *sigh* It might only be a matter of time before we are banned from carrying on electronics like laptops, mobile telephones, MP3 players and such onboard.
Killer Kyle;5179552 Terrorists should wait until after holidays to terrorize, not that I support it at all. In fact, make everyday a holiday. We'll instantly win the war on terrorism.
Terrorists don't give a crap what day it is, they'll try to kill you any time they want.
Fuck him! Did he really have to do this? I mean, what a coward! Look what he's done, TSA will just be more of a pain in the ass! Back to being serious, it's kinda funny that, if this was Israel and on Yom Kippur or another high holiday. The Israelis would've just sent a Bomber squadron to fuck with them. But, we aren't gonna do anything, just give rectal exams to old people.