May 22, 2012, - 2:57 pm
Only a “nutty” woman would hand a note to the stewardess . . . er, flight attendant, on a plane claiming to have a surgically implanted “device” in her body, right? And that’s exactly why the Al-Qaeda playbook recommends using nutty people or having people pretend they are nutty once they are caught in an attempted terrorist attack or a dry run for one. So, today, when a Cameroonian female immigrant to France–the Cameroon is 20% Muslim according to the CIA Factbook (and most Cameroonians who emigrate to France are Muslim)–informs personnel on a US-bound flight that she has a ticking bomb inside of her, it was probably a dry run. She was clearly testing the system. Oh, and she had no luggage . . . for a trip from France to the U.S. She had no apparent scars on her body, so why would she threaten this?
Well, we’ve long heard of Al-Qaeda plots to implant bombs inside terrorists so that they can evade airport security. But we’ve never been faced with one before on a plane. And they probably want to see what we would do. And what we would do is . . . nothing. Turning around the plane or landing it is too late. Terrorists who actually have bombs inside of them might not inform airplane personnel. Or if they do, it’s right before detonation time. So, I believe this was a dry run/testing-the-system mission, though I predict we’ll hear all kinds of stories about how she’s just a crazy lady. Nothing to see here, move along.
A passenger who claimed to have a device surgically implanted inside her triggered the security scare that led to the diversion of a North Carolina-bound jetliner Tuesday, federal officials said.
Doctors aboard examined the woman and saw no sign of recent scars, according to the office of Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. And a senior federal law enforcement official told CNN that authorities have determined that no bomb was involved in the incident.
US Airways Flight 787 landed in Bangor, Maine, around noon Tuesday after the incident. The Paris-to-Charlotte flight carried 179 passengers and a crew of nine, airline spokeswoman Liz Landau told CNN.
The senior federal official said the passenger handed a note to the flight crew indicating that she had had a device implanted in her body, but did not indicate the device was a threat or that she was threatening the flight.
And a federal law enforcement source who had been briefed on the matter said there was “basically no threat.” The woman is being questioned and will likely undergo a psychological evaluation, the source said.
Nevertheless, the Boeing 767 was diverted to Bangor “out of an abundance of caution,” the Transportation Security Administration said. The jetliner was escorted into Bangor by a pair of F-15 fighter jets dispatched by the North American Aerospace Defense Command from an Air National Guard base in Massachusetts, said Lt. Col. Mike Humphreys, a NORAD spokesman.
King’s office said the woman is a Cameroon-born French citizen who was headed to the United States for a 10-day visit. She was traveling alone and had no checked baggage.
There was no indication she was on any kind of government watch list, the federal law enforcement source said.
Duh. They don’t pick people on watch lists because they know they’re gonna be watched or likely prevented from boarding (although ya never know, given that Undiebomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was on a list and breezed right through security and onto the plane).
By the way, I have a solution for people like this woman, “Throw Mama From the Plane!”
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