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U.S. No Fly List Doubles; Underwear Bomber Appears to Have Contributed to Spike

By Allan Lengel

The man dubbed the “Underwear Bomber”, who tried blowing up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day in 2009, may have contributed more to this country than we think.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. no fly list for suspected terrorists has more than doubled in the past year, and the bump seems to coincide with the Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed attempt to blow up the airplane.

AP reported that the “the flood of new names began after the failed Christmas 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound jetliner. The government lowered the standard for putting people on the list, and then scoured its files for anyone who qualified. The government will not disclose who is on its list or why someone might have been placed on it.”



Why the Underwear Bomber Picked Detroit

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel

DETROIT — Why Detroit?

The Associated Press reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the “underwear bomber”, thought about blowing up a plane above Houston or Chicago on Christmas day in 2009, but the ticket to Detroit was cheaper.

The AP reported that he considered Houston, where he had gone to school. Instead, he chose a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Northwest Airlines. The bomb never detonated, and he now faces trial in Detroit.

Detroiters, who are often sensitive about the city’s image, won’t be flattered by this latest revelation.

Legal Experts Say Alleged Underwear Bomber Not Likely to Get Much in Deal

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Short of handing over Osama bin Laden, the “underwear bomber” accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day isn’t likely to strike up a deal with prosecutors that will set him free any time soon, legal experts say.

“I don’t think they’re going to be flexible, short of him giving them phenomenal active intelligence,” said Brian M. Legghio, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit. “They’re going to be looking at lengthy prison time, 40 or 50 years, if not life.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, hinted in court Monday that he might plead guilty to some of the charges. The Nigerian national also fired his court-appointed attorneys, saying they weren’t representing his best interests. He will represent himself.

Just what kind of deal he can hammer out on his own is unclear, but legal experts say he’s made that task all the more difficult by firing his lawyers, who had met with prosecutors on multiple occasions to try to work out a plea deal, according to court records.

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UPDATE: Disorderly Passenger Aboard Northwest Flight Walked Toward the Cockpit Door But Flight Attendant Intervened


By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — A disorderly man aboard a Northwest airlines flight headed from Detroit to Washington Tuesday night was moving toward the cockpit door but a flight attendant intervened and he backed away, authorities said.

Walter Vincent Baker, 30, of Michigan, was arrested and charged Arlington County, Va., with public intoxication and interference with the operation of an aircraft, an airport spokeswoman said.

I was aboard that plane, Northwest Flight 226, that landed at Reagan National Airport around 8:30 p.m.

Just minutes before the plane approached the gate, some shouting was heard in first-class section. Moments later, an announcement came over the public address system saying that authorities would be boarding the plane and passengers should remain in their seats.

After the plane got to the gate, about four uniformed Airport Authority Police officers boarded and quickly yanked the man out of his seat and took him away.

A flight attendant told an inquiring passenger (I was standing nearby) that the man tried to open the door during the flight and he was yelling something about terrorists. The flight attendant said it sounded like the man may have had some mental health issues.

Everyone on the plane remained calm, and a few minutes later, they left the plane.

Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said authorities got a call from the flight crew asking for assistance with a disorderly passenger.

On Tuesday night, she said investigators were interviewing witnesses. This morning, she said the man was moving toward the cockpit door, but a flight attendant intervened and told him to sit down.

She said words were exchanged and he eventually sat down. She said the man did not get close enough to the door to even attempt anything. No one was injured.

“We believe alcohol was involved,” she said.