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Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with "preparation of a terrorist attack," U.S. law enforcement officials tell ABC News.
The men were identified as Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi, of Detroit, MI, and Hezam al Murisi, the officials said. A neighbor of al Soofi told ABC News he is from Yemen
Originally posted by asala
Update: Men held in Amsterdam on terror charges were detained by Dutch after suitcase search in Chicago according to NBC news,
??? again huh Then why the heck where they allowed to fly?
Originally posted by Crakeur
Follow the logic here.
Two men enter the airport. One of them checks a bag, or bags, onto a flight and never boards it. Then, both men board a flight to Amsterdam. When it is discovered that they boarded a different plane, the plane with the luggage is ordered back to the gate, the bag(s) located, removed and searched. This is when they found the mock explosives. Since the guys were already bound for Amsterdam, the authorities called ahead and told the Dutch to arrest them both.
Now, here's the bigger question.
Who was on the other flight that would have been the trigger man?
Two men enter the airport. One of them checks a bag, or bags, onto a flight and never boards it. Then, both men board a flight to Amsterdam. When it is discovered that they boarded a different plane, the plane with the luggage is ordered back to the gate...
Originally posted by asala
It stated his luggage was checked a few times but they never found anything [edit on 30-8-2010 by asala]
In addition, officials said, al Soofi was found to be carrying $7,000 in cash and a check of his luggage found a cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle, three cell phones taped together, several watches taped together, a box cutter and three large knives. Officials said there was no indication of explosives and he and his luggage were cleared for the flight from Birmingham to Chicago O'Hare
A report on undercover operations conducted in October 2006 at Newark Liberty International Airport was leaked to the press. The screeners had failed 20 of 22 undercover security tests, missing numerous guns and bombs. The Government Accountability Office had previously pointed to repeated covert test failures by TSA personnel.
Revealing the results of covert tests is against TSA policy, and the agency responded by initiating an internal probe to discover the source of the leak.
In July 2007, The Times Union of Albany, New York reported that TSA screeners at Albany International Airport failed multiple covert security tests conducted by the TSA, including the failure to detect a fake bomb.