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Breaking: Second Nigerian on Detroit-bound flight arrested; Update: “Stomach problems”

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 27, 2009 02:40 PM

Jihadists never rest.

And their m.o. has always been: Try, try again.


The Associated Press has learned that a second Nigerian man has been taken into custody aboard a jetliner in Detroit after locking himself in the airliner’s bathroom.

A law enforcement official tells the AP that the incident took place aboard the same Northwest flight that was attacked on Christmas Day. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the incident was ongoing.

Hey, Janet: Still see no indication of a larger threat? System still “working?” Just another lone nut? Nothing to see here, move along…


More info from Detroit radio station WWJ:

One day after a Nigerian man was charged with attempting to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, another man was detained for unruly behavior after the same flight landed safely in Michigan.

A Delta spokeswoman says all 257 passengers have been safely taken off the plane. Delta operates the Northwest flight.

About 10 emergency vehicles, sirens blaring, surrounded the plane after it landed.

Metro Airport spokesman Scott Wintner told WWJ radio there was a report of suspicious activity on Delta/Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam – the same flight number as in the attempted Christmas Day attack.

Sue Elliott, a Delta spokesperson, told CBS News the passenger in question “was verbally disruptive. Out of abundance of caution the flight crew asked that the plane be met on arrival by law enforcement.”

There were reports that the man detained was also Nigerian. There was no indication he had attempted to cause any physical harm to anyone aboard the flight, or to the airliner, reportedly a Boeing 737.

A law enforcement official tells CBS News correspondent Bob Orr passengers and crew became suspicious after the man locked himself in an airplane bathroom. A search of the plane was being carried out. There was no immediate word of any device being found.

CAIR grievance-mongering press conference in 3, 2, 1…


Update: Not a terrorism incident, say US officials…

A man who was “acting belligerently” on a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight Sunday is not a terror threat and only became disruptive because he had fallen ill and refused to leave the aircraft’s bathroom, according to a U.S. official.

The man was subdued by the flight crew and detained by law enforcement authorities upon landing after the incident bore strikingly similar markings to the attempt two days ago by a passenger to light an explosive aboard another Northwest flight. Both planes originated in Amsterdam, and both men were Nigerian, according to the U.S. official.

The unidentified man made several trips to the bathroom prior to the plane’s descent, officials said, ultimately raising suspicions among flight staff. When he did not answer questions while in a lavatory about an hour before landing, flight staff contacted authorities and asked to have law enforcement authorities meet the plane upon landing.

“We’re going to take extraordinary precautions,” Robert Fucano, Wayne County Executive told reporters at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Even if you are sick you have to respond to what people are asking you.”

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