August 30, 2010

Dry run of the day

ABC News reports the arrest in Amsterdam of two men, tentatively identified as Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi and Hezem al Murisi.

The test involved traveling separately to Chicago's O'Hare airport with a fake bomb or two in a suitcase (not to mention a box cutter and three large knives). The suitcase was then checked onto a flight to Dulles, with connecting flights to Dubai, and finally Yemen. The two suspects having met up at O'Hare, boarded a flight to Amsterdam instead. The luggage with the fake bombs was recovered at Dulles when it was realized that the suspect who checked it had not actually boarded the flight from Chicago to Dulles. The Chicago to Amsterdam flight being rather long, there was at least time to notify the Dutch who were happy to arrest the men upon landing. I assume the fly team has already been dispatched to Schiphol to collect these gentlemen and return them to the USA. The fake bombs were first discovered at the airport in Birmingham, where al-Soofi boarded his flight to O'Hare. He was allowed to proceed, suggesting either incompetence or brilliance on the part of federal officials - I'm not sure which. In addition to the objects in his luggage he was carrying $7,000 in cash and arrived at the airport wearing bulky clothing out of season...

By Hetz Shahor at 06:09 PM | Comments |