Houston: No blood, no foul

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)


  1. The reason no American plane will be hijacked for a long itme is the Heros of Flight 93. They died that we might live.

  2. This is stupid. Obviously they caught the guy. So whats the big friggin deal? Can’t people walk onto airplanes these days with souveneir clocks, Korans, and crappy shoes? Key phrase to the whole article: NO EXPLOSIVES WERE DETECTED.

  3. Skrip: So you’re saying that it’s a mere misunderstanding and that everything’s perfectly innocent? Just a souvenir clock and a crappy pair of shoes? Am I understanding you? Could be, and with the media who really knows. But it seems a bit far-fetched to me. How are we supposed to train our airport security personnel to judge? Recall that NO EXPLOSIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN DETECTED on the 9/11 hijackers, either. And a couple of them were reported to have fake bomb materials. For all the FBI knew, this guy’s four buddies with pointed sticks were already aboard the plane waiting for the last hijacker to get to his seat. They say they ‘investigated’ him, so I guess I’ll have to take their word for it. Certainly doesn’t make me feel any better.

  4. I’m flying tomorrow. I guess I’ll strap a 9 volt battery to my alarm clock and hollow out my shoes tonight. It seems like it may be a faster way through security than standard business attire. Hey, I know, maybe I’ll spend my time in line talking about making bombs and blowing up stuff too. After all, if they don’t find any explosives on me, what’s the harm? It’s obviously my ‘right’ to be on that airplane and they’d better give me the full benefit of liberal ‘due process’ before they give me the boot, right, Skrip? In the mean time, I’m going to work on my tan and get a PLO head scarf at the mall.