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December 26th, 2009
10:37 AM ET

Screening Airline Passengers in Amsterdam

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  1. drruss

    Where are our so-called leaders?

    December 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  2. Larry

    This suspected terrorist boarded a plane In Nigeria and transferred flights in Amsterdam. He didn't pass through US TSA security. Your comments pondering why there have been no new TSA guidelines posted yet are inane. In the Bush years the color coded fear meter would have been instantly ramped up and useless restrictions would have been added. Why must you contribute to an environment of fear and not careful responsible reporting. I guess responsible journalism isn't as easy as thoughtless commentary. Report facts, feel free to blog about your unproductive opinions.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  3. Kevin

    Flying out of Tampa to Indianapolis tomorrow morning. Wondering if some cigars I bought here in Tampa will be subject of airline contraband, in the wake of this new terrorist attempt

    December 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  4. Tim Torgersen

    It does not matter what TSA does here stateside if a flight originates overseas and the security there is poor or not as strict, we could see a increase of these types of acts.I believe that this man acted alone. There may be more like him unfortunately.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  5. James of Nevada


    You guys need to "cool your jets" so to speak. Just because the government hasn't made a knee-jerk decision to ban more stuff from the airport security line doesn't mean nothing is going on; after eight years of scare tactics do we really need more instructions?

    The security in Africa and/or Amsterdam failed us, not the U.S. Government or the TSA. You guys are failing to mention whether long airport lines are caused by increased screening or just holiday volume. Let's see some real journalism and not just hype. Come on guys, I look to you CNN to be the real fair and balanced news.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  6. Georgeann

    Please have government and transportation officials explain the reasoning for allowing non- US citizens – with stops on their passport in questionable countries (Yemen) into the US . Especially while we are at war and under terror threats.

    G in Austin

    December 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  7. Overseas Contractor

    The fact that this suspect made it through Schipol with a device doesn't surprise me a bit. The last time I went through there, I was taken to one side and thoroughly questioned for over five minutes. My passport was scrutinized page-by-page (I'm an American Passport holder working abroad), and additional photo ID and my work contract was demanded. Meanwhile, an African Male was asked a couple of questions, at which time he went off on the attendant. He was quickly passed through, with no additional checking. Isolated case?

    December 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  8. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    All of these flights from none regulated airports needs to have check points at air ports that are more trust worthy before there allowed to enter the United States .

    December 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  9. Linda Bryant

    TJ, calm down, please on reporting our deficiency at airport screening. We all know that we will need to get to the airport earlier, that screening will be tighter, and that we need to be vigilant. Your continued highlighting of deficiencies in screening can potentially make all of us more at risk.

    December 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  10. Dele

    I once traveled through Amsterdam Internanational airport; the airport is lack in security. And one other thing is that emphasis is placed on searching for drugs, I think they should use same energy in searching for explosives.

    If this guy can go through Amsterdam undetected, then Murthala International Airport would be easier.

    I want to be saved each time I travel pls.

    December 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  11. POOLLY

    im willing to confront body scan

    December 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  12. Alan Marro

    It is about time that the TSA and the government acknowledged that it .i s time to start profileing for airline security. Take the lead from Israel.
    It is obvious that the present system does not work.
    As to preventing passengers from leaving their seats for up to one .
    hour before take of and landing there are many who for medical reasons would have to use the rest room.
    But I guess it is in order to punish the public instead of having TSA do there job properly.
    After all they must live up to their name To Standing Around. (TSA)

    December 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  13. Larry

    Responsible reporting not panic.
    The suspected terrorist responsible for this latest incident boarded a plane in Nigeria and transferred flights in Amsterdam neither of those airports security are controlled by the TSA. Perhaps you should be looking into gaps in security there instead of what our own TSA is doing. Of course that is more effort to cover because you have to leave the comfortable studios of Atlanta, New York, or DC instead of just throwing out mindless panic inducing opinion. Again the security breach that allowed this to happen was overseas not in Detroit or Dulles. Offering lame off the cuff, uninformed opinions is cheap and anyone can do it from a studio, or sitting in front of a US airport. Try to be responsible journalist not opinion spewing fear mongers (fake it if you have to). We expect opinion from bloggers not professional correspondents, Jeanne Meserve, viewers don't appreciate the contradictory opinions instead of solid fact based reporting, keep up the good work. Thank you for keeping alive the "Bush era" reactionary panic, I was concerned that your News rivals would be the only ones doing it.

    Frequent Flier – Larry

    December 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  14. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Muslim butt-bomber has stated he got a wave thru pass in Amsterdams security screening area.

    No one gets a pass thru Amsterdam's security screening area that is flying on to America. The screening is strict, the screeners interrogate all individuals. Managers oversee the screeners watching for behavioral disorders in the passengers.

    The public is being told, they didn't know about Muslims using butt-bombs to destroy airplanes.

    That's sheer BS. Since Oct. 2009, World Govt's knew that Muslims had used a butt-bomb in an attempt to murder a Saudi Prince and Muslims had urged other faithful Muslims to use butt-bomb to destroy airliners with instructions posted on the internet.

    On Oct. 2009, a Muslim had a pound of high explosives, plus a detonator inserted in his rectum in an attempt to assassinate Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the Saudi anti-terrorism chief.

    Muslims promised to put instructions on assembling and concealing a butt bomb on the internet.

    As of Oct. 2009, governments in Europe and so-called terrorism experts in the U.S. were warning that Muslims may attempt to use a butt bomb to bring down commercial airliners.

    And given this 'information' we are told the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber was waved thru Amsterdam's Security Screening?

    December 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Alisen

    It is sad that despite all the fore warning about this guy;down to his own father tipping off the Us Embassy;it was the passengers and crew that seemed to thwart this attempt. A few weeks ago it was a couple breeching security at the white house ;a few months ago it was a middle eastern psychologist who was cleary acting out and displaying radical outbursts, being left to counsil our soldiers and ended up killing them and today its a man strapped with explosives making it on a plane.

    It seems to me that the American people have a lot to be concerned about.

    There is a break somewhere in Homeland security.

    December 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  16. w. rowan

    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab may have used this device.

    The DAIDs are polystyrene balls, 1.25 inches in diameter, containing potassium permanganate. Potassium Permanganate & Ethylene Glycol
    Ping-Pong Ball System

    Mechanized method of dispensing DAIDs (Delayed Aerial Ignition Devices) at a selected rate. The DAIDs are polystyrene balls, 1.25 inches in diameter, containing potassium permanganate. The balls are fed into a dispenser, generally mounted in a helicopter, where they are injected with a water-glycol solution and then drop through a chute leading out of the helicopter. The chemicals react thermally and ignite in 25-30 seconds. The space between ignition points on the ground is primarily a function of helicopter speed, gear ratio of the dispenser, and the number of chutes used (up to four).
    see also: Aerial Ignition Device ; Delayed Aerial Ignition Devices ; Helitorch ; Plastic Sphere Dispenser

    December 27, 2009 at 1:16 am |
  17. Ashley

    Im a flight attendant myself and let me just tell you, the complete system of airport security is flawed no matter where you go. Nothing can be 100% effective. We do not live in a perfect world. And these terrorists know that and take advantage of it. They are not stupid. They know the weak spots and target them directly. Its just a reality. But the fact that the US government does not do more is what should be upsetting. My HUSBAND is a veteran in the War on Terrorism and guess what, he is on a fbi "watch list" and has to go thru special screening EVERYTIME he flies. There are no words to describe how messed up that is.

    December 28, 2009 at 2:07 pm |