Explosion on Northwest Airlines Flight

A 23-year-old Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, apparently tried to light a powdery substance aboard a Northwest Airlines flight before landing in Detroit this afternoon. Initial reports said that a man had tried to light either firecrackers or fireworks but it now appears that it could have been much worse.

There are rumors circulating on CNN and other news networks that he could have terrorist ties.

From CNN:

A passenger ignited fireworks Friday at the end of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, a Delta Air Lines spokeswoman said.

The passenger was immediately subdued, according to Susan Elliott, spokeswoman for Delta, Northwest’s parent company. The incident resulted in some minor injuries, Elliott said.

A passenger was later placed in custody, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement.

President Obama, who is spending the holidays in his home state of Hawaii, was briefed on the incident during a secure phone call with aides and “instructed that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said. The president made no changes to his schedule, Burton said.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Friday saying that air passengers “may notice additional screening measures put into place to ensure the safety of the traveling public on domestic and international flights.”

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5 Comments on “Explosion on Northwest Airlines Flight”

  1. Honeydog0629 Says:

    “Additional” Screening Measures…… Wouldn’t ya think, after all the previous stuff, EVERY possible Measure should have already been in place??!!

  2. zelda Says:

    yes…I guess we assume that security would be high everywhere.Sure makes me want to travel ! Yikes!!
    With all our government knows about daily threats you would think someone in there would figure it out.
    Seems this country just can’t get it together.Makes it REAL groovy for us out here……….

  3. Ina Says:

    Jasper Schuringa was the passenger who prevented the attack. He has become a hero in the States. I suppose I can be proud of him as we are from the same country, or is that a bit silly? 🙂

    Anyway, body scans will be standard procedure on Schiphol Airport in 3 weeks time. The next 3 weeks? Scary…

  4. Honeydog0629 Says:

    Well *Ina*, at least YOUR Country doesn’t Dilly-Dally around! THAT’S what I’M talkin about…. DO what has to be done, do it NOW, and be FINISHED with this Problem!! Our News Reports are saying that the “Cost” to install those Body Scans here would be Monumental, and that people probably “wouldn’t like” being subjected to it! Oh my GOD!! We spend MILLIONS trying to find WATER on the MOON, but we have to PONDER something NECESSARY like THIS! Don’t be “Scared”— Consider yourself LUCKY!!!

  5. zelda Says:

    It’s just plain common sense that body scans will Have to be used.
    What is scary is the person with a bomb inside him/her that would be sitting next to you on a plane.
    The “cost” of lives should be the only cost considered.


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