Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Nigerian Arrested on Flight from Amsterdam

(Detroit, Michigan) Curious news here. A second Nigerian man, without luggage, on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam has been arrested on arrival today in Detroit (12:35 PM local time). Today's flight -- NW253 -- took the same route as Friday's flight targeted by Abdulmutallab.
The pilot alerted the authorities and the plane made an emergency landing and was met by police on its arrival in Detroit.

The man, who is in his 30s, reportedly locked himself in a toilet for more than an hour as the plane flew over the US.

Before locking himself in to the toilet the man had already been up and down to the same cubicle several times. Cabin crew became increasingly suspicious, broke the door down and dragged him out. He is then said to have become irate and verbally aggressive.

He was subdued and the pilot contacted the airport to say there was an emergency on board. Emergency vehicles gathered on the runway to meet the plane.

The passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane and the man was formally arrested.
So far, authorities have found no explosives. One has to wonder whether he may have been packing an anal bomb or drug-filled balloons. A cavity search should be considered.

The FBI announced all clear within hours while a senior administration official said the episode involved simply a "sick passenger." Airline officials downplayed the incident as just a "verbally disruptive" passenger.

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