HPD, airport security at odds over incident
Man allowed to board aircraft appeared to have bomb components
This is simply astonishing:
The report states that a man with a Middle Eastern name and a ticket for a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta shook his head when screeners asked if he had a laptop computer in his baggage, but an X-ray machine operator detected a laptop.
A search of the man’s baggage revealed a clock with a 9-volt battery taped to it and a copy of the Quran, the report said. A screener examined the man’s shoes and determined that the “entire soles of both shoes were gutted out.”
No explosive material was detected, the report states. A police officer was summoned and questioned the man, examined his identification, shoes and the clock, then cleared him for travel, according to the report…
FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett in Atlanta said agents there investigated the passenger.
“It was looked at and deemed a non-event,” Emmett said, declining to give further details. [emphasis (and outrage) Murdoc’s]
Assuming that this is true and assuming that the description of the passenger and his equipment is accurate, I think it’s safe to say that our airlines are unprotected.
Almost every time I bring up airline security someone says “yeah, but the terrorists are unlikely to use airplanes next time…”. Maybe, but only because they want something a bit more challenging. (via Malkin)