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    Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama ordered heightened security after authorities detained a passenger who may have tried to blow up a flight bound for Detroit from Amsterdam with 278 passengers.

    The passenger was trying to destroy Northwest Airlines Flight 253, and an explosive device failed, the Associated Press reported, citing U.S. intelligence officials it didn’t name. The passenger was subdued and the incident resulted in “minor injuries,” said Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Northwest parent Delta Air Lines Inc. in Atlanta.

    Obama called for “all appropriate measures to be taken to increase security” after the incident, the White House said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security said passengers may notice additional screening at airports.
    Obama Orders Heightened Security After Disturbance on Plane - Bloomberg.com


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    Re: Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    The article I read suggested this p.o.s. was a loner who just wanted to claim AQ affiliations. Typically, Nigerian's aren't too bright, are they? In fact, the only people I know, generally speaking, that are dumber than them are the people who fall for their internet email scams (which, if I understand it right, is a major source of income for that country.)

    I hope they cut his nuts off and then hang him. I'm just FULL of Christmas spirit today!

    Oooo-Rah.
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    Re: Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    So....he didn't ignite the explosives...they failed....just say'n.
    Passenger Syed Jafri, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said the incident happened during the plane's descent. Jafri said he was seated three rows behind the passenger and said he saw a glow, and noticed a smoke smell. Then, he said, "a young man behind me jumped on him."
    It looks like the guy managed to ignite something, just not anything that would do extensive damage.

    I think Captain America's right, and this is like that shoe-bomb guy.
    Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation.

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    I think the article I read said the P.O.S. was in a burn hospital now?

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    Re: Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it.
    Looks like salt and sugar will now be banned from the skies

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    Re: Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    This could be a dry run designed to test the system.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    This could be a dry run designed to test the system.
    Pretty dumb, because now we are going to change our security to combat this new threat.

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    Re: Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    How about a TSA Nigerian scanner? A machine that identifies Nigerian DNA.

    Hey, it couldn't hurt.

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    Re: Passenger Ignites Explosive on Delta Flight, Al Qaeda Connection Reported

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    Pretty dumb, because now we are going to change our security to combat this new threat.
    How is this a new threat?

    It could have been a test of difficult it would be to get explosive materials onto the flight deck.

    It's like sending out skirmishers to test the strength of the opposing army's defensive perimeter, looking for weak spots.

    If this guy is just a skirmisher and he found a hole in our system, we may not necessarily know about it, but he does and he'll pass that info along to his comrades. It's not like we can make him talk and gain information from him, or anything.

    Disclaimer: before anyone wets herself and starts demanding documentation, I'm just theorizing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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