"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
Ronald Reagan

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Retired Geek - What Are The TSA Agents Looking For? Part 4

 Abdulmutallab's Apartment
December 25, 2009 PETN was found in the possession of 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. According to US security officials.

Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 an Airbus A330 as it approached Detroit airport from Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Abdulmutallab was in a window seat and had the device strapped to his left leg, against the body of the plane.

The idea was almost certainly to blow a hole in the aircraft so decompression would tear it apart.

Abdulmutallab's bomb involved a syringe and a soft plastic container filled with 80g of PETN. Experts believe the syringe may have been converted into an electrical detonator or, more likely, it was was filled with a liquid detonator, such as nitroglycerin, which would have made the device extremely hard to detect through the usual airport security measures.

Abdulmutallab's father, Alhaji Umar Mutallab, had earlier reported his concern about his son’s activities to relevant American authorities.

Abdulmutallab cleared security in Lagos and Amsterdam after passing through a metal detector and having had x-rays done of his hand luggage. The lack of an explosion on the flight meant there was almost certainly a failure between the primary and the main charge so that the PETN did not fully detonate.

The bottom line is that Abdulmutallab cleared ALL security at two Airports, warnings by his father to American authorities and still was able to bring a bomb on-board Flight 253.

If it wasn't for Dutch Citizen Jasper Schuringa who wrestled the flaming syringe out of the pants of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and four other men and three women who subdued him - there would have been a tragedy on Christmas Day, 2009.

Dutch passenger hailed as a hero

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