UK Daily Mail is reporting that passengers on the US Airways flight out
of Paris had to wrestle the crazed woman to the floor after she claimed
to have a bomb surgically implanted inside her. And why aren’t they
releasing the name of the woman who immigrated to France from Cameroon
where there is a significant Muslim population?
UK DAILY MAIL
The terrifying incident forced the pilot of U.S. Airways flight
787, traveling from Paris to Charlotte, North Carolina, to divert and
make an emergency landing. Fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the
the troubled plane and guided it into land at a Maine airport, where
passengers were evacuated and the woman arrested.
In video footage below, passengers can
be seen wrestling with the woman following her potentially fatal claim,
initially made in a note to cabin crew.
Coming on the heels of a thwarted airline bomb plot by Al-Qaeda’s Yemen
branch, the incident has laid bare US worry over shifting tactics of
extremists as they seek new ways — and new technologies, including
non-metallic bombs — for landing a deadly blow against an American
Last year, US officials warned
airlines that terror groups were studying how to surgically hide bombs
inside humans to evade airport security — precisely the threat that
emerged when the US Airways passenger made herself known to the cabin
The Cameroon-born woman was traveling alone with no checked baggage and visiting the United States for 10 days.
An FBI joint terrorism task force,
accompanied by a bomb squad, local police and other security agencies
then met the aircraft upon arrival, and “FBI agents and members of a
joint terrorism task force interviewed the passenger and others on the
plane,” FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich said.
“At this time, there is no indication
the plane or its passengers were ever in any actual danger.” A US
official told AFP that the suspect was unlikely to be part of a broader
international terror plot linked to groups such as Al-Qaeda. (Isn’t that what they always say?)
But it served as a blunt reminder of the ongoing efforts by groups
like Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to eventually break
through tight US security with a functional bomb. And it came after
news emerged earlier this month of a foiled plot to blow up a US-bound
(Don’t forget to thank the next Muslim you see for making flying such a miserable experience for the rest of us)