Returning from a Christmas holiday with kind, sane, loving people to news of a Christmas bomber.
Two passengers on Flight 253, a husband and wife who are both lawyers, are reporting that they witnessed a conversation indicating that the Christmas bomber had been permitted on the flight bound for Detroit without a passport.
A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.
Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich. . . . confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday.
Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man. . . .
While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”
Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.
The ticket agent referred Mutallab and his companion to her manager down the hall, and Haskell didn’t see Mutallab again until after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive on the plane. . . .
About an hour after landing, Haskell said he saw another man being taken into custody. But a spokeswoman from the FBI in Detroit said Mutallab was the only person taken into custody.Debbie Schlussel has been following this story:
You let a dude from a Muslim country and no luggage on a U.S.-bound plane with NO passport?! Hellooooo . . .?Apparently, for a terroist whose passport has been stamped too many times in Yemen or other terrorist hotbeds that UK Customs will no longer let him into Great Britain, it's a good idea to dump that pesky passport and start fresh. Who will stop him, especially if he is a member of a group to whom the rest of the world owes some kind of "social justice debt"?
The FBI is denying the story, but the lawyers who almost got blown out of the sky by the Christmas bomber have chosen to believe their lying eyes:
We are simply reporting what we saw, as we do not trust the government to always give all the facts and details. We know what we saw and heard. We are not stating anything but that. We do not know if he boarded without or with a passport. Kurt did hear the conversation about him not having one though.Authorities are also denying that another Nigerian, with another twist in his shorts, was up to no good on Flight 253 two days after Christmas, because, as Janet Napolitano and the rest of the Obama administration would like us to believe, terrorists, like lightning, never strike in the same place twice (except for, say, the World Trade Center):
The man, who is in his 30s, reportedly locked himself in a toilet for more than an hour as the plane flew over the US.
Before locking himself in to the toilet the man had already been up and down to the same cubicle several times. Cabin crew became increasingly suspicious, broke the door down and dragged him out. He is then said to have become irate and verbally aggressive.
He was subdued and the pilot contacted the airport to say there was an emergency on board. Emergency vehicles gathered on the runway to meet the plane.
The passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane and the man was formally arrested. Officials said no explosive device had been found on the suspect.
The man had boarded the flight with no luggage.I wonder if he had a passport.
Then again, I wonder what it was that took him more than an hour to flush.
Undocumented Muslims with no luggage boarding passenger jets, no problem. (Update: Just learned from Mark Steyn on Rush that this undocumented Muslim terrorist also bought a last-minute, one-way ticket for cash! No problem.)
While the rest of the passengers sweat it out, hoping that someone's shorts or shoes don't explode, or that flight attendents can bang the toilet door down in time.
This is what Americans get in the name of social justice?
Social justice for thee, but not for me? I'm sick of it.
How about a little profiling before the flight instead of during the flight?
Update: Kurt Haskell audio account available at Big Government.
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