Passengers Help Foil Attack On Detroit-Bound Plane

ROMULUS, Mich. -- Passengers say an attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight to Detroit began with a pop and a puff of smoke.

Two law enforcement officials said the man claimed to have been acting on instructions from al-Qaida to detonate the device above U.S. soil and destroy the plane.

The commotion began as Northwest Airlines Flight 253, carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew members from Amsterdam, prepared to land in Detroit.

Travelers said they smelled smoke, saw a glow, and heard what sounded like firecrackers.

People on the plane say at least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man.

The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 27, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    PK, it ain't personal, we see ignorance posted on this board everyday. Most of the time, this isn't one of them, it was a Obama supporter. Ya know, the ones that were told to check "straight democratic ticket" on the ballot. Yea, they let them vote too, even Mickey mouse and Doanald duck voted for Obama. Should tell you how he got elected.....
  • by PK on Dec 27, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    What, pray-tell, is a "terriost"? A dog somewhat akin to a "terrior"? Why should anyone pay attention to an individual with such limited cognitive ability to reference such x4 in a post? Wow. Looks like the terrorists will beat us simply by the mere fact that the American people and its educational system produce such utter incompetence and this ignorance is posted proudly on a public message board.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 27, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    Cactus, it was worse than that, it was his underware. I guess TSA will now make everyone remove their underware before going through security. Well Reid, the shoe bomber, created the need to remove you shoes......Aunt B, just a mater of time.....
  • by truth Location: gville on Dec 27, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    Actually UPS does not use commercial planes. I just watched a documentary on UPS last night. they have a huge facility in which they have hundreds of their own planes that transport all of their packages to where they need to go.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Dec 27, 2009 at 03:24 AM
    Cactus, do you see what I wrote. Luggage? The terriost had the bomb on him not in the luggage.Don,t attack me until you reread what I wrote. But your point is true.People on the plane jumped this rat faced low life scum sucking bottom feeding terriost.In other words take matters in your own hands this time and day.
  • by Thomas Location: Columbia on Dec 26, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Hang the SOB.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 26, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    LW, Anonymous, and Truth: Did you read something in this article that I overlooked. Why are you making a big deal about luggage? Seems as if this device was on his person.
  • by Aunt B Location: Greenville on Dec 26, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    I say everyone should fly naked !
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Dec 26, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    To Anonymous re: mailing luggage, etc.... Ehh... you do realize that many packages--FedEx, DHL, USPS, etc.--fly in the bellies of commercial passenger planes en route to their final destinations, right? :)
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    Ok maybe we need to just do away with luggage etc. on air craft. This makes no sense, you know how you go take a major test or board and the only thing your allowed to have is yourself, nothing but you. This is what they need to do it looks like on airplanes. Make passengers mail their luggage to their location before they get there fed ex will work fine, next day air. With luggage only, it seems it would work better than the dummy's that keep boarding our airlines. It might just save all of us from these low life idiots.
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