AP source: Unlikely that suspects on flight were planning terror attack

posted at 12:50 pm on August 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

Like I said yesterday, it was curious that there was nothing in ABC’s report suggesting that they’d committed a crime. Although I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol.

The U.S. does not expect to charge the men, a law enforcement official said. The two men arrested in Amsterdam — both traveling to Yemen — did not know each other and were not traveling together, a U.S. government official said…

Both of the detained men missed flights to Dulles International Airport from Chicago, and United Airlines then booked them on the same flight to Amsterdam, the U.S. government official said. The men were sitting near each other on the flight, but not together…

Kip Hawley, the former Transportation Security administrator, said it is not unusual to find items like watches and cell phones bound together on flights to countries like Yemen. He said this would always catch the screener’s eye. In 2007, TSA alerted screeners that suspicious items found at U.S. airports may indicate that terrorists were conducting dry runs. Screeners are deliberately on the lookout for such items…

Al Soofi was questioned by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration as he went through security in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday on his way to Chicago, one of the officials said. He told the authorities he was carrying a lot of cash. Screeners found $7,000 on him, but he was not breaking any law by carrying that much money. It is not unusual for people to carry large amounts of cash when they travel to third world countries.

The magic word here, of course, is “Yemen.” Once the luggage went one way and the two of them went another, the alarm bells about their final destination started ringing — even though it looks like it was the airline’s screw-up, not any deliberate act by al-Soofi, that put his bag on the wrong flight. Another factor here is that U.S. aviation security has been on high alert for a terror attack over the past few weeks, replete with lots more air marshals onboard international flights — including the one to Amsterdam:

As a result, air marshals were onboard a Chicago-Amsterdam flight yesterday and kept a close watch on two suspicious passengers who had triggered security alarms, but were allowed to travel for “investigative purposes,” law enforcement sources told ABC News…

U.S. officials said the two appeared to be travelling with what were termed “mock bombs” in their luggage. “This was almost certainly a dry run, a test,” said one senior law enforcement official.

How common are dry runs really, though? A European counterterror official tells Time:

The official says he couldn’t recall dry runs in any of the scores of cases he’s worked on. “Rehearsing an attack runs the considerable risk you’ll be caught without ever being able to attempt the strike — which is the only goal of terrorists,” he says. “If you’re determined to strike and have chosen your method, you’d be better off taking your chances, since success isn’t even an option if you don’t try. Testing the terrain simply increases the risk you’ll be caught without ever really have constituted a threat.” Most would-be terrorists, he says, go through painstaking, detail-obsessed planning in the shadows to increase their chances of success once they go into action — though that sort of sweating the small stuff usually helps set off vigilante anti-terror agencies.

As of 10 a.m. this morning, the feds were running down leads in three U.S. cities to make sure that these guys are indeed innocent. I’ll update here if there’s any new news.

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liberalism is a mental disorder.

moonbatkiller on August 31, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Yup, I always tape cell phones and watches together, along with assorted medicines, and board different flights than my luggage because I’m totally not up to anything.

Occam’s razor.

Blarg the Destroyer on August 31, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Same headline Sept 10, 2001. You know it would have been.

redshirt on August 31, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Innocent or not, they should have been investigated earlier in the process.

SouthernRoots on August 31, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Dry run. Undeniable.

blatantblue on August 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM

These aren’t the droids you are looking for.

These aren’t the droids we are looking for.

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Move along.

Move along.

LegendHasIt on August 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Although I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol

How else can you keep your extra cell phone from getting damaged when the baggage handlers toss your suitcase?

katiejane on August 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM

How do they know they weren’t travelling together? It would be very easy for 2 people who wanted to be on the same plane but appear not to be travelling together to create that impression.

How do they know they don’t know each other? Or know in common a third party? Why do they have to know each other to be working in concert?

This entire thing reeks of a dry run, and these explanations just don’t hold water.

ProfessorMiao on August 31, 2010 at 12:56 PM

This is the obvious press release when you should have arrested them BEFORE they took off, not after.

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 12:56 PM

nobody (in their right mind) tapes cell phones to bottles of liquids. What possible explanation have they given for that I wonder.

“My phone gets airsick when I travel”

Guardian on August 31, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Remain calm! All is well!

Terrorist attacks are never terrorists attacks, and dry runs are certainly never dry runs for…well, you know.

Chip on August 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Uh huh.

The explanation for the watches, Pepto Bismol container, knives, and clothing should be interesting.

The federal authorities better hope they’re right, because if they release these guys and we later learn they were responsible for a terror attack…it’ll be ugly.

amerpundit on August 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Zen had this towards the end of yesterday’s post. Anyone know?

he Pepto-Bismol thing makes me go hmmmmmm….

Pepto-Bismol contains Bismuth.

Bismuth has lots of interesting properties, including diamagnetism.

Diamagnetic substances oppose magnetic fields with an opposite magnetic field.

So for you physics PhDs: Would Pepto-Bismol be opaque to X-Rays or other security screening equipment? If so, perhaps these guys were testing Pepto-Bismol as some kind of hiding place for explosives or other weapons?

ZenDraken on August 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Would love to know if these guys traveled to Libya recently to see Megrahi or ran into someone in the states who had been to Libya.

Is one of the side effects of prostate cancer nausea? Would they have given him Pepto and he started researching Pepto’s ingredients and their properties?

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 31, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Testing the effects of altitude on cell phones and Pepto…

d1carter on August 31, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Actually, the Obama admin didn’t arrest them ,they were arrested by the Dutch.

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 12:58 PM

They were planning dialog.

The Mega Independent on August 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM

A dry run is part of an attack. It’s called recon and prepping the battlefield.

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 1:01 PM

though that sort of sweating the small stuff usually helps set off vigilante anti-terror agencies.

Do we have groups of citizens taking matters into their own hands or does Time need to get a new dictionary?

Mark1971 on August 31, 2010 at 1:02 PM

So for you physics PhDs: Would Pepto-Bismol be opaque to X-Rays or other security screening equipment? If so, perhaps these guys were testing Pepto-Bismol as some kind of hiding place for explosives or other weapons?

ZenDraken on August 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Wasn’t the luggage searched?

JetBoy on August 31, 2010 at 1:03 PM

The feds were running down leads in 3 US cities…the men have already been freed and sent merrily on their way. Typical fed security process.

Another 9 men were removed from a Tampa flight, checked out and released. 15 people on that flight decided to change planes after cops boarded with hands on guns and removed the 9. No kidding.

Kissmygrits on August 31, 2010 at 1:04 PM

…I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol.

‘Cuz they’re Islamo-holes.

Maquis on August 31, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The two men arrested in Amsterdam — both traveling to Yemen — did not know each other and were not traveling together, a U.S. government official said…

And just how did the that US government official determine that?

“Uh…there was another guy on the plane, who did the same sort of weird taping thing with cell phones and antacid bottles, missed his plane in Chicago like you did, and was travelling to the same place you were…did you know him?”

“No”

“Well ok. That clears that up.”

BobMbx on August 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM

They were planning dialog.
The Mega Independent on August 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Yes, maybe a good way to figure out their next target would be to look at building permits for Victory Mosques.

Chip on August 31, 2010 at 1:07 PM

AP, maybe the dry runners’ pals want to track when/where the Pepto cell phone is activated by authorities and also use it to disseminate bogus data. Also, they probably want to see if they can attach cells to liquids disguised as common travelers’ remedies.

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I think that as long as TSA keeps strip searching grandmothers in wheelchairs and Lutherans, all will be well……

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Although I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol.

Well, ya see, my pepto bismal is hard of hearing, so it’s not uncommon to tape a cell phone to it so it can hear better. You might even say it triggers a response in my pepto when the phone goes off.

olesparkie on August 31, 2010 at 1:10 PM

sure sure false alarm…now the government can tell us all how islamicphobic we are all and how we need the GZM now more then ever…

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 1:10 PM

The system worked real well here. Lets see:

1) Carry on luggage containing suspicious objects discovered at security checkpoint

2) Luggage, passenger allowed on plane

3) Plane allowed to take off

4) Call made to destination airport: “Hey, when that plane lands, you might want to arrest these guys…they might have a bomb or something”

I feel safer already. Thanks, Big Sis.

BobMbx on August 31, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Nothing to see here! Please move along….

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 1:11 PM

…I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol.

One of those new apps?

JetBoy on August 31, 2010 at 1:11 PM

My bs meter is going off. I’m sorry.
The part that really has my bs meter in overdrive is that the men didn’t know each other.
There was a suspicious package in Atlanta yesterday and 9 men yanked from a Tampa flight today.
How stupid are we? No answer required.
There was another post yesterday that I didn’t understand. Something about the 9th anniversary of 9/11 and the calandar and .988 or something.
What’s to say that these incidents skyrocket but are harmless, like fake bombs, so that TSA relaxes even more than currently due to profiling evils?

ORconservative on August 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Just saw another AP report on agriculture and farming.

They went and did a survey with all poultry farmers/ranchers about the brands of lipstick they use for their chickens and turkeys.

E T Cartman on August 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

As always the terror leaders decided to sacrifice a couple of drones to see if the dry run would work, then the actual bombers would come later; these two fools were expendable.

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

yeah, this was just an innocent misunderstanding.

hey, by the way, any nice bridges for sale in Brooklyn these days?

DrW on August 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

A dry run is part of an attack. It’s called recon and prepping the battlefield.

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Bingo!

Mason on August 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

In addition to dry runs, I suspect there’s a lot of deliberate red herrings to cause people to feel initial anxiety and then begin to disregard all curious Muslim behavior as just more of the same banal nuttiness. All a ruse to distract from the real agenda.

Disturb the Universe on August 31, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The proof was in the luggage. Dry run. If the TSA pushes otherwise, it’s just further reason they need to be dismantled, and every one of their gestapo fired.

MadisonConservative on August 31, 2010 at 1:14 PM

It would have made more sense to tape the watch to the Pepto Bismol. You know, so he’d know when it was time to take his next dose. But a phone? That’s just silly.

DrAllecon on August 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Come on people,
these men are not Christians, they are not even whites. They have never served in the US armed forces. So how can they be terrorists ?
They were just exercising their 1st Am rights during ramadan . All you bigots need a lesson in tolerance and peace….from the muslims

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 1:11 PM

perfect

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Maybe the authorities are “playing dumb” about this being a dry run, just to keep them guessing.

Or.

Maybe the authorities aren’t “playing dumb”, and are, well, dumb (or dumbed-down).

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2010 at 1:18 PM

The federal authorities better hope they’re right, because if they release these guys and we later learn they were responsible for a terror attack…it’ll be ugly.

amerpundit on August 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

If past history proves anything, it just means that if these guys are responsible for an attack, someone high up in the federal security department will say, “I take full responsibility” and then fire a janitor.

DrAllecon on August 31, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Doesn’t everyone tape a cell phone to their meds so that they can find them later. Just call the cell phone and bingo! There are your meds.

I hear everyone is doing it now.

Wonder if a portable radio with putty in the batter compartment would be deemed “innocent”?

GarandFan on August 31, 2010 at 1:18 PM

My bs meter is going off. I’m sorry.
ORconservative on August 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

mine too…even if they didn’t know each other, doesn’t mean crap, could be two separate sleeper cells required to do the same procedure…hello, mcfly?

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I am wondering what the mayors of Birmingham, Chicago and DC are saying right now on the phone to DHS Napolitano about their airports and the travelers going through them being treated like guinea pigs.

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Come on, you cute l’il Jack Bauers. Get off your duffs and join the CIA, FBI, Interpol or some other intelligence agency.

Because you clearly know more than the authorities in place now.

YYZ on August 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Remain calm…All is well!

JetBoy on August 31, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Kip Hawley, the former Transportation Security administrator, said it is not unusual to find items like watches and cell phones bound together on flights to countries like Yemen.

Really ? Its common on flights to Yemen ? Why is that ?

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 1:24 PM

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Anyone who has seen Resevoir Dogs knows Mr. Purple and Mr. Pink aren’t necessarily going to know each other.

You’d think the authorities might know that.

Disturb the Universe on August 31, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol.

He said that his cousin had most likely been trying to take medication and phones back to his family, and that it was common to bind together items meant for the same recipient. “This is our culture,” he said.
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A handy dandy excuse for everything!

Akzed on August 31, 2010 at 1:25 PM

OT : If you’re in need of a laugh, check out this video of al greene at ace and then read the comments…

http://minx.cc/?post=305220

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Disturb the Universe on August 31, 2010 at 1:25 PM

you would think so…something big is going to happen before dear leader leaves , boy will the $h*t hit the fan then…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM

What about the box cutters. Perhaps they intended to castrate a goat when they got home or something.

Sharke on August 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I want to know how they know they don’t know each other. I was reading the comments on one of these articles and the best part is that people write about all kinds of experiences they’ve had on flights with Religion of Peace members who don’t know each other. Ha. They may not know each other but I’ll bet they have mutual friends.

ORconservative on August 31, 2010 at 1:41 PM

This wasn’t a ‘rehearsal’..it was a ‘ping’…testing the response.

LEBA on August 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Remain calm…All is well!

JetBoy on August 31, 2010 at 1:23 PM

+10 =)

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 1:45 PM

ORconservative, good point…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Once again…”The System Worked”.

deadenders on August 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM

It’s “unlikely” the AP would ever say otherwise.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

LEBA on August 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Yep, a ‘ping’ test of some sort, part of a desentization of the security system, or a distraction from something else, but not a ‘dry run’ in the sense of a rehearsal.

petefrt on August 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

LEBA on August 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Yep, a ‘ping’ test of some sort, part of a desentization of the security system, or a distraction from something else, but not a ‘dry run’ in the sense of a rehearsal.

petefrt on August 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

They are known for doing extensive recon..over many years…gathering intel and information on locations, response times and types of official responses to their little ‘pings’. This is a well documented pattern.

LEBA on August 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Blues Musician to U.N.: Yemen done me wrong

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Kip Hawley, the former Transportation Security administrator, said it is not unusual to find items like watches and cell phones bound together on flights to countries like Yemen.

Well, that’s interesting. I suppose if enough people tape their watches and cell phones together when they travel to Yemen, eventually the screeners won’t think anything of it.

mbs on August 31, 2010 at 1:56 PM

How common are dry runs really, though?

Take it away, James Woods.

jon1979 on August 31, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I always have a bottle of Pepto strapped to my cellphone just in case. Just in case of what..I’m not sure.

vcferlita on August 31, 2010 at 1:57 PM

“The system worked”, Big Sis Clownatono

retiredeagle on August 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM

O/T
Is anyone else having trouble with The Blaze ?
That site is acting funny for the last 2 hours now.

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Did anyone ask them if they belonged to a tea party?

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I could have sworn that the intial reports on this story stated that the luggage also contained box cutters. Was that misreported, or are they simply omitting it now?

bambam on August 31, 2010 at 2:07 PM

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I can’t open the site…? Start up problems or something more?

d1carter on August 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Dude, those people could check a frigging nuke into checked luggage and the morons at the TSA would let it through.

mjk on August 31, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I’ve never looked at a bottle of Pepto Bismol under x-ray, but I would think it would be more dense (block more of the x-rays) than a watery liquid. Screeners are probably taught some typical radiographic appearances of common liquids.

So maybe they’ve made themselves a liquid explosive with a radiodensity similar to Pepto Bismol. A device made this way might logically consist of a cell phone detonator attached to a bottle labeled “Pepto Bismol”. On X-Ray screening it would appear identical to the test version that was just given the stamp of approval.

I pray that those responsible for our flight security are not as dumb as they act or, alternatively, as hamstrung with PC concerns (but I’m not optimistic).

bofh on August 31, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol…

AP

Copy that.

Jaibones on August 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM

I can’t open the site…? Start up problems or something more?

d1carter on August 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM

This is what shows up on screen.

Forbidden
You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

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Apache/2.2 Server at http://www.theblaze.com Port 80

Don’t know what it means.

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Maybe the cell phone had a history of getting an upset stomach while flying?

free on August 31, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Come on, you cute l’il Jack Bauers. Get off your duffs and join the CIA, FBI, Interpol or some other intelligence agency.
Because you clearly know more than the authorities in place now.
YYZ on August 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM

You wouldn’t like me running the place, I’d be profiling bigtime. Of course then you would get mad about that too and find a way to force me out of the job.

Or you could accept the fact that people don’t normally tape cellphones to bottles of liquid, and the TSA is blowing smoke up our collective asses about this incident.

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I don’t see a problem here, really.

I mean, this cellphone-pepto combination may seem strange to us, but keep in mind this culture also buries women up to their necks and then throws rocks at them until they die.

I’m sure it’s just something we’re too intolerant to understand.

BobMbx on August 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I don’t think Pepto-Bismol because of X-ray effects, I think Pepto-Bismol because its appearance approximates what explosive they have in mind. Take TATP powder for instance, mix it with a liquid into a slurry, add some food coloring, and you could have something that looks like Pepto-Bismol. Just don’t shake it too hard.

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Of course a muslim from Yemen who straps cell phones and batteries to a bottle of liquid is not testing our ability to detect explosive devices in baggage. How could it be? The suspicion that it was is just as deranged as the belief that a man who distributed Korans to all his neighbors on the morning that he jumped on the a table in a crowded location filled with military personnel, screamed “Allahu akbar!” and gunned down everyone within range was guided by a belief in Islam.

scrubjay on August 31, 2010 at 2:43 PM

AP et al will spin this away cuz they’re still trying to convince us that the Ground Zero Victory Mosque is a good thing. They want nothing to interfere with Bloomberg’s narrative.

SilentWatcher on August 31, 2010 at 3:10 PM

What is your first impression if you found this in their luggage?

This was clearly a dry run.

jdun on August 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM

What is your first impression if you found this in their luggage?

This was clearly a dry run.

jdun on August 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM

AH HA! Cancel the war, I’ve got the answer.

Please notice that the tape in question and visible in that photograph is clearly blue. This tape is masking tape (used to protect trim when painting a room) and is not, I repeat not, terrorist-grade duct tape.

It stands to reason that these men had been involved in re-painting their residence prior to this trip, and a had used the excess masking tape in securing their “objects” inside the luggage.

Industrious, thrifty, conscientious. Damn fine Americans if you ask me.

BobMbx on August 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

It does not take that much explosive to down a airplane in flight. A little explosion and gravity does the rest.

Simtex are very hard to detect by X-Ray machine. The empty Pepto-Bismol was their to simulate simtex inside it with the cell phone acting as a trigger for the detonator. Cellphone using as a trigger device are common in IED.

If everything was correct including the picture than you have a major problem in their hands because they passed security without problems.

As a reminder 9/11 is coming up in two weeks.

jdun on August 31, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Oh, I get it, duh.
The pepto was the explosive, the cells the detonator. They bombs in the baggage compartment triggered remotely from the cabin. Or remotely from a different plane. Can they do that? Maybe the new jihadi is not to keen to get blown up too.
Glad i’m not flying.

ORconservative on August 31, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Did I read up top that the luggage was gonig one way & the men to a destination different from the luggage?
That should arouse supsicion.

jdun on August 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Your picture says it all.
I know they think we’re stupid.
And I understand they are too PC’d up to be able to do a competent job.
So bcs we cannot profile (like the FBI evidently does with criminals), etc., we are going to get a lot of this messing around.
ou’re going to get a lot of jihadis testing the waters to not only get intel, but to just plain scare Americans into ratting on them.
Then CAIR will come in & get a lawsuit going.
They’re agitating we infidels on purpose, either way.
When I have flown through the Minneapolis airport, I have seen muslims praying extra loudly when they see ‘infidels’ walking by.
It’s amazing how their volume will increase when I approach, looking at them.
They want the attention.
And they are daring us to confront them.

Badger40 on August 31, 2010 at 3:55 PM

OK the guy is going back to the great Sandbox
3 big knives? yeah they dont have those there .
7 phones and no word on if they actually were WORKING phones ?
Prepaid phones ? NO , let me guess he has 7 different unlimited world wide UNLIMITED cell plans . contracts ?
The funniest thing to me is the guy travels 60 miles to the Bham airport ? how did he get there ? did he rent a car? abandon his car at the airport ?
Why not drive to Atlanta ( 2 more hours ) and catch the NON STOP to Dubai and save $ 400.00?
Why not fly Bham to Dulles and to Dubai and save $ 200 .00?
Instead he flies to Chicago to Dulles to Dubai ?
BY the most COMMON connection to Dubai seems to be Amsterdam and then London .
How and When were the tickets purchased ?
Come on the guy could be SADDAMS brother and they let him on the Plane ?

ELMO Q on August 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM

There are two ways you could use the cellphone as a trigger.
1. By calling it.
2. Use the built in alarm.

Both will work. First one does have its limitation tho. It only work in a small window of opportunity, ie taking off or landing.

jdun on August 31, 2010 at 4:09 PM

The official says he couldn’t recall dry runs in any of the scores of cases he’s worked on.

If a “dry run” works, then officials won’t be aware of it. That is the whole point of a “dry run”.

nottakingsides on August 31, 2010 at 4:15 PM

We are the dumbest nation on eath. I swear.

Of course this is from someone who couldn’t figure out the Pepto…

ORconservative on August 31, 2010 at 4:20 PM

It’s called recon and prepping the battlefield. – Christien

Totally.

Either that or they’re fishing for a lawsuit … like the “Sheiks on a Plane” … they need money to pay for the jihad.

Tony737 on August 31, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I’d still love to know the explanation for taping a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto Bismol.

One of those new apps? – JetBoy

HA! Niiiiiiiice! ;-)

Tony737 on August 31, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I always tape a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto…doesn’t everybody?

MainelyRight on August 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I always tape a cell phone to a bottle of Pepto…doesn’t everybody?

MainelyRight on August 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

NPR listeners apparently do:

Taping items to Bepto Bismol bottle makes them easy to find because bottle is bright pink. i tape my glasses and keys to bepto-bismol bottles.

Quisp on August 31, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Taping items to Bepto Bismol bottle makes them easy to find because bottle is bright pink. i tape my glasses and keys to bepto-bismol bottles.

Quisp on August 31, 2010 at 5:22 PM

You know what? We’re just getting what we deserve. We’re obviously idiots. Cheap idiots too – what the hell kind of rip-off generic is Bepto-Bisol?

Dorvillian on August 31, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Of course, in fact I have a bottle of Pepto-Bismol as a keychain so I don’t lose my keys. It makes them kind of a pocket-full though.

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Via Patterico’s blog:
The Detroit News believes the two were both from Detroit, worked together in super markets, their families are close.
So, they didn’t know each other? I doubt that unless the Detroit News blew it.

herself on September 1, 2010 at 5:28 AM

Looks like AP is doing a little cover up for the TSA. This is what happens when you have a bunch of idiots that made up airline security. You make them government employees, they’re still idiots but now they can’t be fired. Of course these two men being middle eastern and the oh so PC TSA would not touch them. Of course the 75 year old woman was frisked, wanded and patted down.

Wills on September 1, 2010 at 8:27 AM