Chicago-Amsterdam Terror Dry Run?
FOXNews reports a possible terrorist dry run to probe systems by two "Detroit area men"who were arrested in Amsterdam upon landing.
The two men did not have prohibited items on them, a law enforcement official told Fox News, saying that although knives were found in their checked luggage, such checked items aren't prohibited. The individuals also were not on the no-fly list, nor were there any active warrants for their arrest.London's Telegraph identifies the men, one from Yemen and one from parts unknown.
"Suspicious items were located in checked luggage associated with two passengers on United Flight 908 from Chicago O'Hare to Amsterdam," the Transportation Safety Administration said in a written statement. "The items were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves."FBI agents in Chicago are assisting Dutch investigators as needed, an FBI spokesman told Fox News. Several non-functioning cell phones also were found taped together in a piece of checked baggage of one of the men, the FBI said.
Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al-Soofi, who was to believed to be from Yemen, and Hezam al-Murisi, whose nationality was not known, were detained at the request of the American authorities. Al-Soofi began his journey in Alabama where airport screeners stopped him because of his "bulky clothing", according to ABC News. They discovered he was carrying $7,000 in cash.
Bulky clothing in summer and cell phones taped together, perhaps to simulate bomb triggers, by Middle Eastern men on an American flight.
If it walks like a duck, and looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, chances are it's a duck.