December 27, 2009


Posted: 08:28 PM ET


On Dec. 25, 2009, an individual on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 set off a device and was subdued by passengers and crew. TSA wishes to acknowledge the heroic efforts of those individuals.

As a result of this incident, TSA has worked with airline and law enforcement authorities, as well as federal, state, local, and international partners to put additional security measures in place to ensure aviation security remains strong. Passengers traveling domestically and internationally to U.S. destinations may notice additional screening measures.

The American people should continue their planned holiday travel. TSA encourages passengers to remain observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior or activity to law enforcement officials.


Q:  What additional security measures is TSA taking domestically?

A: TSA has a layered approach to security that allows us to surge resources as needed on a daily basis. We have the ability to quickly implement additional screening measures including explosive detection canine teams, law enforcement officers, gate screening, behavior detection and other measures both seen and unseen. Passengers should not expect to see the same thing at every airport.

Q: What additional security measures are being taken for international flights to U.S. destinations?

A: TSA issued a directive for additional security measures to be implemented for last point of departure international flights to the United States. Passengers flying into the United States from abroad can expect to see additional security measures at international airports such as increased gate screening including pat-downs and bag searches. During flight, passengers will be asked to follow flight crew instructions, such as stowing personal items, turning off electronic equipment and remaining seated during certain portions of the flight. 

Q: Do passengers need to do anything differently to prepare for checkpoint security procedures? Has anything changed in terms of what passengers can bring in their carry-on or checked bags?

A: At this time, security checkpoint requirements for passengers departing U.S. airports remain the same. Passengers do not need to do anything differently, but they may notice additional security measures at the airport. 

Q: Should passengers plan to arrive at airports earlier than normal?

A: Passengers traveling within the United States should give themselves extra time to check in and proceed through the security checkpoint before their flight, especially during the busy holiday travel season. TSA advises that passengers traveling on international flights to U.S. destinations allow extra time for security and arrive an additional hour earlier.  

Q.  How long will these measures remain in place?

A: TSA will continuously review these measures to ensure the highest levels of security.


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michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

All security mesures should remain in place until the middle east conflict is no longer a treat all Muslims for the safty of our country should be profiled all of the atemp's on America and Other countries are of the Muslim Koran no others are at war with us .

A. Smith, Oregon   December 27th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Any changes with America's Airport Security should begin by Heavily Screening ALL passengers with Muslim Names.

Forcing senior citizens and men with prostrate conditions to have no bathroom access for well over 1 hour is going to certainly cause them a large amount of stress. Likely, it would be best to check your flight seat to see if it is wet or damp when you embark!

I don't like the invasion of a closed circuit camera in the jetliners bathrooms just to catch some faithful Muslim mixing up explosives in the bathroom!

How many times do frequent flyers go thru these new full body scannning machines before health problems become a very real concern?

Deviant Muslim MD's will likely begin placing bricks of plastic explosives surgically inside the stomachs of one of thousands of willing faithful Muslims to go completely undetected into jetliners, and secure buildings so their remote handlers can remotely beep the detonator.

Any traveler with a Muslim name should be heavily screened with full body cavity searches to make absolutely certain what their real intentions are.

Travelers should start calling their airlines and asking how many Muslim named people are on their flight before committing to ticket purchases.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 27th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Biological germ war fare is our greatest danger from airlines .

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Good Evening Larry King, CNN staff. Thank you for the up to date information.

I keep getting the feeling that we, the US, are just pawns in a ‘Chess Game’. An old saying is… “Know thy enemy”! So I ask myself… If I was Bin Laden, what would I need to do in order to gain world Jihad.

1. Unite all Muslims
2. Break large opponent countries such as the US and ones in Europe.

Question: How would I achieve # 1. Stir up the hornet’s nest (the US) until all Muslims world wide become fearful and threatened for their safety due to their race and belief in the Quran. Thus, ultimately joining Al Qaeda for their safety. Remember Bin Laden and Sayyid Qutb are only too aware of the US racists issues.

How would I achieve # 2. Knowing the US reacts strongly to any potential threat, continue to periodically blow up a jetliner, building, Time Square in NY during New Years Eve, etc. Stimulating the US to continue spending billions to trillions of dollars with the end result being collapse and bankruptcy! (the strike and retreat scenario)

I am not saying we should stop increasing security, I am just looking at a possible hypothesis!

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

And waiving to A. Smith and Michael Armstrong... Good Evening

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 27th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Hi Dodie were screwed these guys are going to forget about the fire works and start bringing in biological fluids to get at us .

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

I agree biological is definitely the most dangerous, but I do not think the jihad has that, or we would see it now.

Joel   December 27th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Solution to the problem is simple gather all Muslim in one spot and blow their head off. They not afraid to die and they wanna kill inocent people with them so why not kill them all before they harm more inocent people. What yall think?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 27th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Ebola is an easy decease to find in Africa and also easy to transport.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 27th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

@ Dodie, good evening, good to see you online tonight!

Passengers and Screeners need to more heavily scrutinize any Muslim named passengers or those wearing Muslim clothing.

Where does the head of homeland security get off when she states security went like clock-work when the faithful Muslim butt-bomber got thru screening unchecked and nearly blew up a jetliner?

Its just as possible it was the heroic efforts by a passenger that 3 ounces of a very high explosive didn't detonate killing everyone on that plane. It certainly wasn't stopped by so called Home Land Security.

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

It is sad we, the Americans, ultimately lose our privacy. What will be next?

Joel   December 27th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Its a proven fact that there aint any US Marchall in thiss planes like homeland security claims. And. Muslims are aware of it.

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon It may come that anyone entering the US needs to have a visa which gives the US time to do an investigation.

Believe me, you cannot enter China without a visa. And they have every person stand on a stool with your legs apart and completely "wand" every inch of you! On the flight in China, you are questioned heavily on the address and phone number you will be staying, the person's name, tour group, hotels. I always must keep all that information on the plane as I know they ask many questions.

Anne Fearon-wood   December 27th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I have been reading lots about foreigners travelling to US destinations regarding allowing only one piece of carry-on luggage. I cannot find any info on one or two pieces of carry-on luggage allowed. Can someone advise me of what to do?thanks in advance.

Ray Pye   December 27th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Hi Larry

Did US Embassy in Nigeria notify state dept about Fathers concern. Did this action move the Bomber up their list. I assume the UK security already had him on a list following his UK school activities.
And finally did his buying of a cash ticket raise another red flag.

What does it take to signal a direct threat on an airline, it appears this was over the line of common sense.

Thanks Larry


A. Smith, Oregon   December 27th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

According to Kurt Haskell, an attorney with the Haskell Law Firm in Taylor, Michigan, “He and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man.”

Mutallab was a poorly dressed, young looking individual, but he was accompanied by a man in an expensive suit, Haskell told"

CNN Is there any video surveillance from Amsterdam Airport made available to the public to confirm this?

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

Good suggestion to CNN

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

I would also suggest we may need to redesign our aircraft. No seating over the wing where the fuel resides. Have that where food and other things are stored. Have the seating added to the very back of the plane. Maybe need compartments with explosive proof doors throughout the aircraft so if a bomb goes off, only one area of the aircraft is damaged. I saw a commercial jet land with a gaping hole in the side.

Fletcher Holt   December 27th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

The Nigerian terrorist paid CASH for his ticket. I assume it was a ONE-WAY ticket. He had NO CHECKED BAGS. Any ONE of these would make him an automatic "selectee" for further search of his body and carry-on baggage by TSA screeners. I am an airline employee and I have been a "selectee" myself.

Watch lists or not, politics and the White House reaction....everyone seems to be missing the REAL breakdown in security. Lagos, Nigeria. The security screening in Lagos clearly failed. Why don't you focus on this blatant error??

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Oh dear. Underpanty checks??? you might find more than you bargained for!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 27th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

@Fletcher Holt, well lax security in Nigeria is much more common than would ever be found in flights from Amsterdam to America.

It is being reported that a well dressed man accompanied the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber to the security check point in Amsterdam. Who was that man, CIA, a Muslim agent, Saudi Official?

Whoever it was, the report sounded and appeared to be a handler of the young Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber escorting him past security checkpoints and screeners.

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

A. Smith, Oregon

No more transit in airports. Everyone needs to go back through a complete security check.

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

John Bradley at LAX is always terrible!!! Make sure you arrive at least 4 hours early!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 27th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

@ Dodie, normally that is the only way to pass thru Amsterdam's heavy screening and security checks. Obviously if you have diplomatic political clout, or you have paid off several security guards, you could pass thru without being challenged.

Adunola Dahunsi   December 27th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

My brother en route from Amsterdam to Atlanta Airport on the 22nd of December had an incident where the Delta plane 00039 was escorted by an Airforce plane mid air because plane lost cabin pressure and plane had to virtually fly near the Atlantic waters, My brother who sat by engine could hear plane engine jerking.The plane dumped its fuel and did not have enough to fly to America, lt had to fly to an island in Canada called Gananoque. The Air force plane brought technicians who after 6 hrs brought out ice from inside engine before plane was allowed to fly to Atlanta.
You can contact my brother Ade on
It was a near death experince which caused him to have heart palpitation and we believe GOD saved them.

My concern about terror threats to planes is that these terrorists can use infants and babies that will not be checked and women as suicide bombers who will pass undetected at the Airports.

Dodie   December 27th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

Then, I suggest we redesign our air crafts!

@ Adunola Dahunsi

Yes, watching your plane dump all the aviation fuel is very terrifying. You then realize how serious the situation is along with the captain telling you to prepare by bending over and covering your head.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 27th, 2009 11:56 pm ET

@ Dodie, with the new composite material airlines like the Boeing 787, the aircraft body if it is largely made from composite material is going to be much tougher to burst than the standard thin skinned aluminum bodied jetliners.

Anyone that has popped a simple firecracker into an aluminum soda can knows what explosive over-pressure does and is capable of doing. On a jetliner traveling at 400mph structural failure often results from sections missing along the leading areas under wind stress.

As per your innovative idea. YES incorporation of Kevlar burst panels into the passenger area of a composite jetliner would greatly increase the chances of saving a jetliner from an explosion in the passenger area. However, passengers in the immediate area of the Muslim bomber would be killed instantly and a large number of the surviving passengers would have their ear drums punctured from the blast.

Dodie, warm up your invention copyright papers, ballistic burst panels built into non-leading sections of a composite jetliner passenger section could be a wave of the future.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 12:29 am ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

You are funny. Well, you go ahead and move along with that idea. I am already in the beginning stages of another innovative idea. What a mess. Just hate the paperwork crap! We can share the profits. I am not greedy! My belief is... a little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing :~ )

In all seriousness, we should never seat passengers near the wing fuel, close off and section the aircraft! Airline attendants will just have to stay in the compartment they were assigned to. Never open those doors except for boarding and leaving. Bathrooms for each compartment.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 12:53 am ET

What is the TSA and President Obama stating regarding the THREATS of Muslim groups suing any passenger that turns in Muslims as acting in suspicious ways in a airport or on a jetliner?

I could gladly take my chances in reporting any Muslim I see engaging in suspecious activitys and then counter-sue them for millions of dollars.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 1:18 am ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

I would gladly take my chances in reporting anyone acting suspicious!!!

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 1:33 am ET

Good Night Larry King, CNN staff. Have a wonderful evening and holiday season.

Good Night A. Smith, Oregon. I must be at work by 6am tomorrow. Enjoy!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 2:43 am ET

Goodnight Dodie, wishing you a good and happy work week!

N J   December 28th, 2009 6:44 am ET

You know, this really scares me. I'm Muslim, and I fly frequently. In fact, I'm flying to the US this week. And because of spinal surgery, I have to stand up often, especially while flying.

Am I going to be reported as suspicious? Should I wave my painkillers around beforehand and warn everyone around me that I'll have to stand up every once in a while? I'm a 22-year-old very much American girl. Am I a threat?

I don't normally LIKE flying, but now I'm absolutely dreading it.

Some of the ignorance displayed here is truly disturbing.

Sobola Babatunde   December 28th, 2009 8:01 am ET

Sincerely speaking, I am ashamed as a Nigerian of this act which, I know so many Nigerians will suffer for. U.S Authority should understand the explosive does not originated from Nigeria and this basterd in question has been leaving outside Nigeria for couple of years back now. Though, there may be poverty in Nigeria but we so much cherish our lives. I sincerely apologise to America. God bless America. Nigeria....good people, great nation.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   December 28th, 2009 9:37 am ET

Yoohoo A.Smith and all American pals.
Dude, I am begining to like you though I sense you are beginning to hate "faithful" Muslims.".
In my four times visit to the US so far, I have no problem at all from arrival to departure.
For a person who like to shop at Factory Outlets, whatever stingent security meausures the US imposed will not deter me from going.
I have been to the east, west and north and south.of America.
Next trip to the Mid-West – Chicago in 2011 for my daughter's graduation.
Should I sport a badge stating "I am not a terrorist. I am a regular mum who loves the world"
I must make it a point to wear my Victoria Secret undergarments since you suggested the body cavity checks.
@Joel. Sure you are kidding.
Blowing our heads off?
As I said in my earlier postings, not everyone with Islamiic sounding names are Muslims.
And my kids have Christian names like Marissa, Azalea, Adam and Myra.

Ted   December 28th, 2009 1:38 pm ET

Great suggestions, if a bit hysterical if I may say so!

We will not stop a terrorist by building flying armoured fortresses nor have the money for such an expensive idea. Your fare would more than double.
We can fill the plane with air marshalls, however they will not notice such an sneaky act as this nigerian terrorist did. They will just die with the others on the plane.
We can remove all passengers with an islamic name and create even more hatred against us. However, there are moslems with russian, english, french, etc. names, what do we do about them? Issue a new passport with the religion printed in capital letters? Even then, 95% of muslims are peace loving persons, how do we find that lowly 5%?

There is only one possible way; hire unemployed mullahs as air marshalls and the cabin crew all moslems. This may be more effective than all other steps we may take.

We started to bomb Yemen, another moslem country, so watch out for the revenge. In my simple and humble opinion the best way to stop the moslem terrorists is to get the heck out of their country and come home! We have a christian nation under God so let them have one with Allah.
If you notice most of the 9/11 and other terrorists came from upper class families and are well educated! This should give us a reason to start thinking and stop bombing.

Amy   December 28th, 2009 3:32 pm ET

Hello Larry,

Forget the family reporting the man to the US Embassy in Nigeria – that should make this too easy

I missed my moring flight to Orlando from Fort Lauderdale last March and had to go online and purchase a new ticket with my American Express card to fly one way from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando (250 miles). I had my return flight already booked via a cutrate airline that would not credit me for my missed flight.

I arrived at the airport – an 'SSSS' was put on my boarding pass and as I entered security – I was taken to the 'puffer' machine and was put through this and then individually screened with my luggage, etc. The red flag raised was purchasing a one way ticket the morning of the flight – HELLO, I am a white, 40 year old corporate executive, always been a U.S. citizen – descendent of our founding fathers! It is like your guest said last night – it will be the elderly lady from Iowa who is screened. This guy purchased a one way ticket with cash from Central Africa – this should be an automatic RED FLAG – like it was for me!!! Our people are clueless!

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

Being 30,000 feet in our atmosphere on a jetliner carrying 126000 pounds of aviation fuel not to mention people, baggage, usually cruising around 600 MPH is dangerous! Remember, car accidents kill many more people than airliners. So are you going to stop driving a car? You can hide in your home, become agoraphobic and still strangle to death on a piece of toast! Should we tighten up security, ((Yes)) But to prevent people from going to the bathroom an hour before they land is just ridiculous. The bombers can just get their bomb ready earlier. You are only stressing out the elderly and people with urine control issues. I am planning a flight to Shanghai soon, and I will be no more worried than usual.

@ Ted

You are absoutely correct. We will NEVER be able to prevent terrorists boarding our jetliners 100% of the time.

I certainly agree with pulling out of all Muslim countries. These wars just continue to irritate and anger people to the point of signing up to Al Qaeda, or whomever.

The question should be for all Americans, what would you do if Iraq or Afghanistan started bombing the US, sending their troops over and killing your families and destroying our homes and business? How would you react to that situation? Maybe then, we can understand how the people in Iraq and now Afghanistan feel!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

A US attorney at the Amsterdam Security Gate observed the Muslim butt-bomber accompanied by a well dressed man going past the gate.

Who was that other man, CIA, ISI, or his Muslim handler?

CNN, The American public deserves to see the security video of those two men!

A. Ahmad   December 28th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

Dear Larry,
The events of the past few weeks that caused by Nidal Hassan and Farouk Abdalmuttalab tell us the war on terror is not over. Both men have been linked to Al-Qaeda activities in Yemen. The public appearances of its leaders after an air strike carried out by the Yemeni’s government indicates tribes support for terrorist elements. Government is powerless with many challenges and corruption from A to Z. The world community should do something about it before it’s too late. Yemen is almost a collapsed State. Should they wait until Yemen is Afghanistan Arabian Peninsula?

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

Why was the Lockerbie Muslim bomber welcomed back in Libya as a hero?

Because what he did is ordered in the Koran and is not regarded as a crime in Islamic Ruled country's.

America should get a clue as to true Muslim intentions.

And after the brave Dutch passenger helped disarm the Muslim butt-bomber, what did Homeland Security do?

It publicly gave the man's full name and home address.

Muslims in the Dutch nations will likely seek to murder that man during the next 10 years. Some response huh?

terry   December 28th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

I watched CNN this morning as they showed how to place an explosive sheet behind your back and get past TSA screening. The TSA screeners have not worn a white shirt for 1 1/2 years so CNN please update your film footage. Thanks for showing the world how to compromise the screening process and bring down a plane. By the way, please let me know when you will be showing the "How to Successfully Print Counterfeit Money" video so we can all start printing our own money and bypass the Treasury Department.

Brandon   December 28th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

The 3D scanners should be mandated in every single airport in the US and those airports servicing the US.

And if you don't like your privates showing on a screen for 5 seconds, then don't fly, but we have to keep explosives off our planes. No body is forcing you to fly, so you can either do what's required to keep us all safe or get in your car and start driving.

In addition to the 3D scanners, maybe everyone should be in flip-flops as well. I'd much rather change into flip-flops once I get to the airport, than have the guy next to me set his shoes on fire and blow us all up.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

Federal Agency's hacking visitors personal computers visiting the White House .gov website?

Within 60 seconds of my entering the WhiteHouse .gov website, hackers attempted to gain full access to this computers keyboard and access security files.

The hackers went right thru my full stealth firewall which tells me it was a US Federal Agency doing the hack, as they routinely strong arm major firewall and encryption software providers for backdoor access.

The hackers were stopped by my Mozilla free addon Keyscrambler which encrypts keyboard keys at the computer processors Kernal level. Keyscrambler has open source programming and US Federal Agency's aren't able to strong arm the thousands of programmers involved in open source projects to give them backdoor access.

I've been on the White House email list since President Obama was elected, however I find what appears to be Federal Agency's hacking visitors computers that enter the WhiteHouse .gov website troubling to say the least.

There is nothing on this computer that could be even remotely conceived as illegal or questionable. I cherish American freedoms and privacy's even if that is long gone in America after 911.

What are your thoughts on this?

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

@ Joel December 27th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Solution to the problem is simple gather all Muslim in one spot and blow their head off. They not afraid to die and they wanna kill inocent people with them so why not kill them all before they harm more inocent people. What yall think?


surely you jest???

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

More Muslim vs Muslim murder and mayhem in today Iran, Shirin Ebadi the Iranian Nobel laureate peace prize winner's sister has been kidnapped.

And we still hear that old Muslim chestnut phrase, 'we come in peace', 'we are peaceful'. huh?

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

One of the reasons, I use Firefox is because of the Mozilla program; even though it slows down my computer. I view this as a double edge sword. On one hand, I certainly like the idea of privacy and respect others for their desire to be private. Unfortunately, to insure your privacy these days, would mean not to own or certainly not to go online with your computer regardless of the protections you have. I have learned a long time ago, there is always someone that can outsmart you.

I also understand the White House’s desire to know exactly who is entering their website. I would also assume that there is nothing of value on that particular website; however, maybe they are hoping that website would lure individuals with less than honorable intensions which could be tracked back to the source.

Trust me A. Smith from Oregon. We are ALL in a data base somewhere.

In any event, that must have been very alarming to you.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

@ Good evening Dodie, perhaps not alarming but I would say it was disappointing to see some hackers attempt to rape my computer system and it is likely those hackers are paid by my federal tax dollars.

PC's that use Microsoft operating systems are probably the most wide open to remote federal intrusions via the internet.

Recently the head of Homeland Securitys Cyber-security (a former top-notch hacker himself) resigned after failing to reach an agreement with NSA to plug up a backdoor access he had located to his own agency! Its almost laughable in a dark way that the US National Security Agency hacks into US Homeland Security Agency computer systems.

East Berlin security forces would be so jealous and proud!

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

Ah, Good Evening A. Smith, Oregon. Very nice to see you on line!

Yes, Microsoft does not provide much in the way of security. I would suggest Top Hat or Lenux. I have been lookinig into those two programs. They are Not Dos based and probably more inclined to be equivocatable.

You dilemma is one that many of us share. I certainly understand your disappointment. At what point must we lose our privacy in order to maintain security? It’s a paradoxical question. Still at work so bouncing in and out!

A. Smith, Oregon   December 28th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

In a interesting and ironic twist on bomb makers failing miserably, Los Alamos routinely tests Nuclear Bomb triggers to see if the aging Nuclear Bombs in US inventory need to be upgraded or replaced.

The explosive used to initiate the initial fission reaction of Plutonium is extremely difficult to accidentally set-off, which is a important consideration when several have accidentally been dropped from a jet bomber during the past 50 years!

The testing platform which looks like a huge battle tank barrel where a projectile is slammed into the nuclear bomb explosive trigger material is designed to see if it is a violent enough shock to explode it or not.

Today's test failed in the most spectacular fashion, blasting open two blast doors, destroying most of the testing lab and taking out a large concrete blast wall barrier.

Dodie   December 28th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

A. Smith. Thank you for the continued information.

Was the explosion at Los Alamos? I heard something earlier today, but just attibuted it to Disneyland fireworks. Only difference was, this seemed like only one or two explosions. I usually just ignore such things unless I see a nuclear cloud. Then would run for cover! :~)

tom   December 28th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

The TSA is doing a great job at DIA..There needs to have morning reports by all agency that let each other agency know about what is going on or has gone on. The TSA at some airport need to do ther job and also be consumer friendlywhen dealing with the public as I have seen TSA personnel not great at LAX as only one TSA person whenI returning to Denver. The person was slow and nobody around to help himn and the line was long at best. I have been statoned overseas inthe military and they have it togeher better that our airports here ahve. They need to have across the board secutiry done across the usa and if its inconvent so be it. ITS for our safety and people need to stop taking everything on the plane or charge them for bringing things on the plane.... Be kind and curtous to each other while boarding as well........

thomas   December 28th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

he purchased a one way ticket? RED FLAG !!

Marc   December 29th, 2009 1:37 am ET

Why don’t the airlines install wireless camera surveillance on every plane with 2 undercover police on each flight monitoring and sending feeds to a command center?

The airlines are charging for extra baggage, and there are no more meals in the air so, why not make it pay off with better security in flight. Pre flight screening is one way. In flight surveillance and security is necessary.

Ted   December 29th, 2009 10:25 am ET

George Orwell, 1984, you are welcome to the USA, if a bit late!!!

Those who read that book know that our controls today are much more sophisticated and thourough than ever imagened by Orwell. What is most upsetting, the people who are controlled are asking for more and more of the same, ready to forfeit the last piece of freedom we still have.
Every dictatorship was installed by the same people who later suffered under the terror. Hitler was put into power by the people although everyone knew his true intentions and jewish bankers and industry financed his clime to power. So was the soviet dictatorship installed by the people, people of Cuba imposed Castro on themselves, etc., etc.

We react for every little incident like the proverbal elephant that is scared of a little mouse and demands more and more control, speak less and less freedom. Keep it up and you may learn how was the life in nazi Germany or the communist countries.

For your information, in eastern Europe, Asia and Africa the use of credit cards are not as common as by us and people still pay cash for purchases, even for a flight. Buying a one way ticket is certainly not a crime, how about all those people flying to college, a job in a foreign country or even in the USA. Should they all come on a list? If I was a terrorist I would just buy a return ticket even if I do not plan to use it and avoid any scrutiny.

We are wasting billions on brainless ideas how to stop the islamic terror. There is only one way, stop bombing them and they will not bomb us. Very simple.

By the way, terror is not new, serbian terrorists killed the austrian archduke paving the way for the WWI. All in history kings and other important people were killed to replace them or just for fun. That guy who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City was certainly not a muslim, or the man who shot Kennedy, Reagan, Cleveland, King, etc., etc.
We have plenty of terrorists in our country, too, so shoul we also shoot all people with christian names?

A. Smith, Oregon   December 29th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

@ Dodie, good to see you online!

IF it is verified the Nigerian bomber was able thru the 'well dressed' middle aged man of Indian decent to get thru Amsterdam's heavy security checks and BOARD a international flight bound for America WITHOUT a passport, this entire security hoopla has nothing whatsoever with sticking Americans with stricter and move invasive body searches and everything to do with a Governmental Conspiracy to commit mass fraud upon the American people.

IF the bomber did not have a passport, the ONLY WAY he got on that plane was by a US Diplomat or a US Governmental Agent pushing him past Amsterdam's heavy security staff and onto that plane. Not even a flight steward would allow anyone on a international flight without a passport.

It is impossible for the Nigerian citizen by himself to talk himself or get his self onto a international flight bound to America without a passport. This man appears to be a patsy that was used by Diplomatic Agents to screw the American citizens and public.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 1:33 am ET

@ Ted

This dovetails on what you are presenting! You make a excellent sense and a very good case for your hypothesis!

This is from Central China TV

“Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wants to see his country develop offensive weapon systems to counter U.S. missile shield plans. He says it's important in order to retain an equal balance.”

It seems that the US is making the world very nervous with our wars... everyone is afraid they will be next. This is NOT good....

Ted   December 30th, 2009 11:20 am ET

@ Dodie

We have the proverbal problem of not being able to let the tiger´s tail go, because then it will eat us. So we just continue with the same aggressive and brainless policy that was already proved to be wrong with the Vietnam war.

Our country is broke, China could buy New York city and Washington with our money we spent there and still have more money left than we have. Still, we act as a superpower that we are not anymore!
Yes, we still have a mighty military machine, yet our soldiers were driven out by a bunch of barefooted Vietcong. You cannot win a war by bombing cities and towns, it takes the infantry to occupy the land and wipe out any resistance and our soldiers are simply too soft for such a task. (Now I get people angry who think that we have the very best army). The most sophisticated weapon is useless without a good man holding it!

There is no nation in the world who likes to have foreigh armies on its soil and we are all over the place.
Japan asked us to vacate Okinawa where our troops cause a lot of problems with noise, pollution and rape. We refuse to leave so how long before the local people get belligerent. Cuba wants Guantanamo back, we ignore their right to their national territory. I could continue, however the point is made, we are mostly not liked whereever we send our troops.

When will we wake up and realize we blew our good name, financial power and the respect of the world by acting like an elephants in the china shop. Our politicians and diplomats have no class and are no match to the opposite side, whoever it may be.
President Obama was a bright light on the horizon, however he will succumb to the powers that led our nation to the edge of the ravine where we may fall if we do not stop doing what we do since the last 50 years or so. He talks a good game, however has no clear plans for anything.

Dodie   December 30th, 2009 2:09 pm ET

Ah, Ted

You are correct on all accounts. Again, your deductive reasoning is exemplary and your clarity of thought stellar! You have hit the proverbial nail right square on the head! It pains me to verbalize what I am about to say. There was an article on Central China TV (CCTV) which stated:

“Al-Qaeda had planned to attack oil facilities, government buildings and the British embassy, said Yemen's National Security Chief Ali Mohammad Al-Ansi.
Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdullah Al-Kurbi said the recent months have seen enhanced cooperation between his country and the United States, and the U.S. information had been a "key element" in Yemen's anti-terror operations.”

So why would the US wage war on Yemen if communications were good, unless travesty occurred and Yemen was targeted the cause!
So who would benefit from the US going to war with Yemen??? Who would make money? I always say… follow the money trail and you will find your answers. In another article which I pulled up out side the USA....

“A new US cleansing of Somalia ‘tyranny’ would open the door for these US oil companies to map and develop the possibly huge oil potential in Somalia. Yemen and Somalia are two flanks of the same geological configuration, which holds large potential petroleum deposits, as well as being the flanks of the oil chokepoint from the Red Sea.”

Who do we know is an ‘oil’ family?? Who would stand to make trillions of dollars if the US takes control of Yemen of course using whatever is left of our taxpayers’ money to facilitate this? Not to mention securing the 2012 election in favor of whom they want to win as this would destroy Pres. Obama? Along with giving our defense contractors such as Boeing billions of more dollars. Pres. Obama is just a pawn. As long as Americans remain uneducated and do not protest, The "old boys club in Washington" will still have the control. They were even willing to kill almost 300 Americans in order to do this. ~sigh~

We are like a rogue nation going down in flames and taking other countries with us. Yes, every country we invade makes the world more nervous not to mention despise us. We have lost the respect of the world since 2000 and we are going down in flames. We are making the 1% Americans very wealthy. We are like a rabid dog chasing its tail. I could see our demise in 2004-2005 and made necessary adjustments. China’s military is as large as the total American census. Does that give you an idea? My co-workers and friends’ do not want to discuss this. Everyone is like an Ostrich with their head in the sand. Well, my friend, when they pull their heads out of the sand, and wonder what happened, it will be too late!

None are more hopelessly enslaved……..
Than those who falsely believe that they are free………
By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I am very thankful there are others like you in the US that can see with such clarity! Thank You, Ted!


@ CNN staff. Thank you for allowing posts like this to remain even though very controversial! Again, Thank You.

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