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FBI: Flight Attendant Set Fire in Airplane Bathroom, Then Played Hero by Extinguishing Flames

american airlines logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American Airlines flight attendant is accused of setting an airplane bathroom on fire, forcing an emergency landing in Detroit.

Authorities said Jonathan Tafoya-Montano pretended to discover the flames, which he then extinguished, the Washington Post reports. 

The incident occurred on a Feb. 1 flight from Dallas to Detroit.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive.

The FBI and Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department are investigating.

FBI Search Airplane After Bomb Note Found in Bathroom

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

FBI Agents were summoned to Boston’s Logan Airport on Sunday as an inbound flight from London landed and a “suspicious note” mentioning a bomb was found by a flight attendent, reports Boston.com.

FBI agents, police and k-9 units searched the plane along with its 200 passengers and 16 crew members when the flight touched down at Logan Airport, according to State Police, though nothing was found.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Flight 11 arrived in Boston without incident at about 6 pm on Sunday

Trooper Thomas Murphy, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, said authorities do not believe the bomb threat to be credible, but are investigating at the moment.

To read more click here.

 

Commentary: Let’s Start Paying Closer Attention to Those on the Terror Watch List

Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Eight years after the infamous 9/11 attacks, we still see glaring flaws in our airport security. Why? Why? Why???

Why was Nigerian National Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to bomb the Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas day, not given a good second looking over before he boarded the plane?

He was on a terrorism watch list with 550,000 people. He bought a one way ticket with cash. The warning signs were there. The security was not.

Maybe we have to forget about doing second screenings at airports for grannies with walkers. We don’t need to arbitrarily start profiling. But when folks like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab step up to the counter, the red flags should go up.

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

There may be no way to close every little security gap. Not everyone with an evil thought is on some kind of warning list. But let’s at least pay attention to those who are!

We can’t keep relying on luck and incompetent terrorists to fall short of their goal.

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Passenger Aboard Detroit Flight: “I Heard a Pop and Then the Next Thing You Know Fire”

Yes, more than 8 years after the infamous Sept. 11, 2001 attack, the friendly skies still have the potential to be pretty darn scary. Here’s a Detroit Free Press account of the incident as told by some passengers.

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BY NAOMI R. PATTON
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

DETROIT — Most of the passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 seated near seat 19A seemed to hear it. A single, loud pop — like a firecracker — 10 minutes before the flight landed.

“I HEARD THE POP AND then the next thing you know fire …people running out of their seats,” said Syed Jafry of Holland, Ohio, was one of the first passengers off the plane, seated a few rows in front of the suspect.

“It was a fire, it wasn’t just a firecracker, it was a fire,” Calvin Kakar, of New York, said. He was seated a few rows in front of the man, a Nigerian national, now in federal custody after trying to set off some sort of explosive device. “We heard a pop and the next thing you know it was a fire.”

One by one, the passengers deplaned Friday with similar and various bits of the story. By all accounts, the suspect was immediately tackled by at least one man, and several other passengers ran towards him immediately trying to put the fire out.

To read more click here.