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December 26th, 2009
04:10 AM ET

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A passenger on a U.S.-bound flight Friday ignited a small explosive device in a move the White House called an attempted terrorist attack.

The President has instructed "that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel," White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN.

If you're traveling by air today, have you noticed any changes with security? How long are the lines? What's the general mood of travelers?

Leave your comments here. We may use some them on this CNN Saturday Morning, beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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  1. Ikechi

    I'm a frequent flyer into Amsterdam's Schipol international airport, and also Abuja & Kano which are two of Nigeria's international airports. I am very worried because I feel security in Nigeria's airports are indeed lacking. It also worries me that a major airport like Schipol in Amsterdam would not make inspections prior to departure. I have always gone through secondary screenings in Amsterdam so I wonder why there was none prior to this flight.

    December 26, 2009 at 6:17 am |
  2. Ron

    We just got back from South Africa. One of the flights into the International Airport, I observed the security personnel ask the woman in front of me what was in the box marked fragile. She said it was a globe and was breakable. He was frightened it might break if he opened it and handed it back to her uninspected and there was no xray hardware. She also passed through the metal detector sounding the alarm. She was not checked. Before arriving in the US, all carry-on luggage was not checked and no one but her knows what was in the box and what the metal detector actually saw. So, they have inept security checkpoints and a metal detector that has lights and makes noise.

    December 26, 2009 at 6:22 am |
  3. David

    Here we go again. TSA is going to have a major knee jerk reaction to this attempted bombing.

    Every problem and threat to airlines in the past few years has come from international flights coming to the US from Europe. The person involved in this incident flew from Nigeria, where the level of security checks is known to be poor. The level of secondary screening at Amsterdam is questionable for in transit passengers.

    This guy was traveling on a one way ticket and was on a list of persons with known contact with terrorist organizations. A two year old could connect those dots.

    Now TSA is going to treat every domestic passenger as a potential terrorist. The last time I traveled on a one way ticket was from Duluth to Detroit and it took me over an hour to complete my security screening. How about applying the same scrutiny to inbound international passengers???

    Seems to me that the horse got out of the barn again and the wrong door is being closed.

    Arlington, WA

    December 26, 2009 at 6:24 am |
  4. Gary D Martin

    Would say dust off the waterboards, however Chief Justice Holder most likely will ensure Miranda rights were read, Probably just a poor misunderstood radicalized Muslim excercising his right to perform criminal activity when and where he chooses, with protected constitutional rights of a US citizen. .Probably needs counseling. Hope he doesn't do it again.

    December 26, 2009 at 6:29 am |
  5. Ted (Pennsyvania)

    It is completely disturbing that we have no recourse against this from happening. Obviously we cannot control how other countries handle their airport security. But we can tighten things up on our end. The time has come for us to do something. I am particularly angry that now this man is in our custody and he will no doubt be costing the tax payers hard earned money to get him treated for his burn and to keep him detained until his trial and hopefully some sort of still sentence for his crime. In my opinion their need to be a homeland call to arms or a militia of sorts organized by our government to protect our airports, our borders, and our cities. An organization that supersedes what we already have in place. Since it does not seem to be working. This militia should have the highest authority to carry out and to bring situations under control with the most stringent regulations and the power and authority to do what is necessary to neutralized the situation and dispose of the threat. In my opinion a Homeland Security "Militia" whether it be a Elite home based National Guard or any other form of military service should have marched that suspect, who without any doubt, was trying to blow that airplane up, out to the front of that airplane and in front of the WHOLE WORLD shot him execution style. Now that would send an important message that o=would reverberate around the globe. We should not as American citizens have to live with the fear and anxiety that we have been over the last several years. It is time for change. Many other countries handle and carry out situations just like I mentioned and to put it plain and simple they just do not mess around or waste any time disposing of the threat. But yet we continue, The Most Powerful Country In The World” to avoid any type of action against known terrorists and eminent attacks that put or cause our innocent people harm. Change has to come and the President and Homeland Security really need to step up here. If you can’t beat them you have to join them. I would be the first to sign up should there be a military organization that is formed and put into place to handle situations such as this and would be more than happy to take out any threat that comes to our Country.


    December 26, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  6. SV Sanaq

    This terrorist could have detonated the device over the ocean but apparently was instructed to wait until just before landing.

    I think this mission (successful or not) was designed to inflict the maximum amount of fear in the minds of the American public by waiting until it was actually over US soil. It could have spread massive wreckage over Detroit and region and the fear impact is much greater than if it simply disappeared over the Atlantic without a trace.

    Just my 2 cents.

    SV Sanaq

    December 26, 2009 at 6:49 am |
  7. Jim D

    I thought that the world was going to love America now that the Great Messiah Barack Hussein Obama was President?

    So we have a terriost attack on Ft Hood and now a near attempt on a airplain. Yes I think Obama the worlds favorite dictator is doing a bang up job vacationing in Hawaii while America is under attack by forces in and outside of the country. It's also nice to know that the recession has not held back the First Mao Family from enjoying the spoils of being our Dear Leader.

    December 26, 2009 at 6:53 am |
  8. Jim D

    Al Gore: Jesus H Christ, when I was a boy, every little squirt wanted to be a attorney or a Community organizers. What d'ya have there – a portable shower or a monkey cage?

    Obama: Anti-Shark cage.

    Al Gore: Anti-shark cage. You go inside the cage?

    [Obama nods]

    Al Gore: Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.


    Al Gore: Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again

    December 26, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  9. ronvan

    Jim D. you are an idiot! It makes NO difference at all who are president is. We are at WAR with these mentally deranged, sub-human, religious zealots. They do not care what party you belong to, what color, male or female, adult or child, innocent or guilty, they just want to kill all of us! Our problem is that we are the "good guys" and have "rights", which, for me, will be our downfall. WE are not about to let some of our "rights" be removed or limited, so these kind of actions will continue.
    As for Ted PA: I tend to agree with your comment but again, WE would not tolerate this kind of "justice", because we are the "good guys" and don't do these things. As for just shooting these "things" on TV, I would not give them the attention. Just take them somewhere, dig a hole, and be done with them.

    December 26, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  10. Richard

    Can the program please ask how he got on a plane to the US, meaning was he awarded a US entry visa by the State Department in Nigeria or the UK, and if so, how this was possible if he was on a terrorism list?

    December 26, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  11. Bubba

    What secret do the Isralie's have that keep their planes safe from these incidents?

    December 26, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  12. Michelle

    Haven't you all heard? There is no war on terrorism anymore. Terrorists were a figment of George Bush's and Tony Blair's imaginations. This president thought all that 9/11 and past terrorist stuff happened because we were so MEAN to the rest of the world....because we're so hated by the rest of the world. Why weren't we just "talking" to the bad guys. Why weren't we just following a "turn the cheek" policy. Didn't we know that electing such a nice guy as president would fix everything. That he'd charm them out of terrorism.

    So how's your "extend a hand, appease the enemy" policy working so far, Mr. President? At least the president is being forced to finally get a clue. Funny how he's starting to sound and act just like Bush more and more every day. So let's all repeat together for those of you who keep not getting it, "We are in the middle of a global war on Islamic Extremism."

    December 26, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  13. Ralph Patch

    I can't believe this sort of thing can still happen. Isn't that the reason for fighting wars in Iraq and Afganistan? We are suposed to be safe now that we've taken the fight to the enemy. Maybe when we send even mofre troops we'll be safe. Or maybe we should attack Yemen.

    December 26, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  14. Chas

    Another proof that amateurs are running the White House and the rest of the government. Mrs. Clinton was right when she said there is no time for on the job training!

    ronvan, keep the discussion at a higher level, no need to be calling people names unless you like to be called some yourself.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  15. Mark

    Why is nobody asking how this device made it through security in Amsterdam ?? I fly a lot from Amsterdam to the US and I have to say that I am not surprised this could have happened. The security screening in Amsterdam is severely lacking and needs to be brought up to the TSA standards. Amsterdam has completely done away with their main securtiy screening and currently only do a security check at the gate before boarding. The security staff can only be described as rude and dis-interested. The rules seem to be very different than in the USA of what can be brought through security.
    I hope the US puts a lot pf pressure on the Netherlands to get this fixed. That would be a good outcome of a bad incident.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  16. SringTX

    As an airline crew member, I found the segment with Jeanne Meserve to be unproductive and pot stiring. The TSA hasn't had a knee jerk reaction by rushing new guidlines for screening perhaps because the screening procedure failure did not happen in the US. Believe me, different countries have different procedures. Let's not start pointing fingers at the TSA and cause panic.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |