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December 26th, 2009
10:25 AM ET

Flying with a Suspected Terrorist

Join TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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  1. lanre osinowo

    The recent reporting by TJ Holmes and some of his guest 'experts' that there is little security screening in Lagos, Nigeria is blatantly FALSE! I have been traveling frequently to Lagos from the US over the last 2 years and luggages are checked along with one have to remove shoes, belts etc as you go through the metal detector. The issue is NOT Nigeria!! If reports indicating that liquids and powder substance is correct, NO security screening technology available will be able to pick-up these materials.

    Lanre

    December 26, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  2. Pade Badru

    TJ,
    Lagos international Airport is one of the tightest airports to go through contrary what your guests, especially Peter Bergen, said. At the airport in Lagos, you have to go through a US mandated screening process much like you do taking flights in the US and even more. At the check up counter you are asked to open your luggage in including your carry-on bag in full view of gun trotting soldiers. Then you proceed to the Customs and Immigration check-point where you go through the same screening machine that we use in the US and you are required to remove your shoes and your laptop from the case. Once you go through this, you are then accosted by a State Security Services officer (SSS) who then scrutinize your passport before you are allowed to go to the gate for boarding. Once at the gate, you then go through the final security clearance carried out by the airline personnel before you are shuffled into a holding room for departure. On arrival in Amsterdam, you go through just one police security check and from there you are allowed to go to a large waiting area with bars and restaurants and oftentimes, relatives seeing off their friends and family members also have access to this area. This, in my opinion, is the weak link not the Lagos Airport.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  3. Dan from Santa Barbara, Ca

    Hopefully the terrorist will spend the rest of his days recovering from painful burns. When probed for information the pain may help yield good information, but don't count on it. "Lier, lier, pants on fire" should be piped into his hospital room just to taunt him!

    December 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    American passengers need to report any and all Muslims that appear to them to be involved in any suspicious behavior.

    Muslim groups will likely sue, and I do not believe any jury composed of American citizens would find anyone guilty of reporting a Muslim for suspicious behavior to a airport screener or airport security.

    American passengers need to carefully check the name tags on the travelers, any that have Muslim names should be watched for suspicious behavior or if a group of Muslims happen to be taking the same flight as yourself.

    Demand from your Airline how many Muslim named people are booked for your flight.

    Remember if you yourself stop a Muslim bomber using force, you'll probably be sued by a Muslim group however a jury of American's will certainly find you acted in good faith and in a lawful manner.

    December 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  5. Dan

    My wife "heard" on the radio coming home from shopping yesterday that this would be bomber only had a "one-way" ticket to the U.S. Is this true and if so why isn't anyone else bringing this up? Also, if true how did he get through security with a one-way ticket?

    December 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm |