July 17, 2012, - 5:41 pm

Airplane Food Jihad: Needles in US-Bound Flight Sandwiches No Surprise

By Debbie Schlussel

This past weekend’s airline catering jihad against Business Class passengers, involving needles in food on U.S.-bound flights from the Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, should have been no surprise. And it’s yet more sigh-worthy evidence of predictable loopholes that should have been plugged long ago in the nearly 11 years since the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks on America. I long ago warned on this site and elsewhere of Muslim employees of airline catering concerns for several reasons. As I’ve noted, neither they nor the food is ever checked with the same security as airline passengers and their carry-ons. While neither you nor I can take drinks on a flight and they must be thrown out at security check points, the food goes through no screening and never has, nor do the people delivering it. And as I’ve noted, the same goes for airport employees here in the U.S. And there is even less security at foreign airports, where we have no control over much of anything. In fact, often airlines flying to the U.S. from foreign destinations refuse to give passenger manifests to the U.S. until the plane is in mid-air. That is why sometimes those on US-bound flights must land in Maine or turn around and land elsewhere. And the food and food service providers go through even less scrutiny.

I’ve also noted how individuals working for catering companies feeding U.S. troops were involved in Islamic terrorist plots. So, all of this was predictable. As I’ve pointed out on this site, Homeland Security sources told me that, after flying there to negotiate with them, Janet Napolitano couldn’t even get the Dutch and Schiphol officials to agree to allow our TSA to be involved in screening those who board US-bound flights. So, you can’t exactly expect the food to get more rigorous screening, but rather, less. As you watch this video, ignore effeminate FBI ABC consultant Brad Garrett, whose only expertise was as a kidnapping profiler and who is an Islamo-panderer. He’s full of crap when he says you cannot check all the food. If you can check the passengers and their bags, you can check the food far more easily. Food doesn’t have belts and shoes to remove or laptops to open. It doesn’t have to worry about TSA molestations, either. But bombs can easily be hidden in food. And it should have been regularly screened long ago.

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Two passengers suffered minor injuries from needles found in the meat of sandwiches served aboard four Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States Sunday, federal officials report. And the FBI is now investigating those incidents.

The sandwiches were served to business class passengers, crew members and government employees flying from Amsterdam to the United States.

At least one batch of 17 sandwiches appeared to be made by a U.S. company based at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Those sandwiches were served board Delta’s flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul Sunday afternoon.


Two passengers aboard the flight found needles in their sandwiches, officials confirmed. The sandwiches were turned over by Delta to Customs and Border Patrol.

Two passengers sustained minor injuries after biting into the sandwiches and CBP officials found a third needle after confiscating the sandwiches, according to an official report.

According to Delta, the contaminated sandwiches were turkey sandwiches that were served in the business elite cabin to a small number of passengers. Since the incident, turkey sandwiches have been removed from flights out of Amsterdam and have been replaced by pre-packaged pizza, Delta said. . . .

Delta told authorities that Gate Gourmet, a U.S. company operating in Amsterdam, made the sandwiches.

Gate Gourmet said it is treating the incident “as a criminal act.”

“Gate Gourmet immediately launched a full investigation to determine the root cause of this disturbing incident, and we are treating this as a criminal act,” Gate Gourmet spokeswoman Christina Ulosevich said in a statement. “Nothing is more important to Gate Gourmet than the safety and well-being of the traveling public. The company also is cooperating fully with investigations by local and federal authorities and by our customer.”

Although federal air marshals were aboard the flight, they were not notified of the incident by the crew, authorities said, until deplaning. At that point the air marshals turned the incident over to the FBI, which was working with CBP and local police to investigate how the needles were put in the meat.

I hope that this incident with the needles is a warning for airlines like Delta that don’t invest the resources to protect passengers because it costs money. And the only way for that to happen is for passengers who unfortunately bit into the needs to sue the heck out of Delta and show that the airline did nothing to screen food and protect passengers. A lawsuit by one of the passengers is in the works, and I applaud that. 11 years after 9/11, there’s absolutely no excuse for this, except to save money. And that’s no excuse at all.

Don’t look for Delta or Gate Gourmet to look into Muslim employees, who were probably the perpetrators. Political correctness is more important than American lives. And only a lawsuit will change that.

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Amsterdam Schipol Airport services in this case Gate Gourmet employ many immigrants from Morocco or Turkey

jerry1800 on July 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This is so weird I wondered if the guy planted it in his sandwich. I should have known muzzies were behind it…

    As Goes... on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Jerry, it is good that you pointed that out. Also, it should be a warning that low paid labor can be very costly in the end.

    Worry on July 18, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Hey found this from March 2009 on Canuckjihad:

    “ITEM: Food jihad? Muslim woman puts needles in meat in Canada.”

    “Just lovely.”

    “GUELPH, Ont. — An Ontario woman charged in connection with a case of tampered food at a store in Guelph, Ont., is a former employee of a Maple Leaf Foods plant in the city, the company said in a statement Friday.”

    “Accidental or isolated lunacy? One might wish. But poisoning food is all part of the Al-Qaeda playbook, and several cases in England have surfaced recently of very nasty and deliberate food-contamination by Muslims.”

    “Evil comes in ordinary packages.”

    “Mastoora Qezil is a terrorist. Charge her, try her– and if found guilty, then imprison her, deport her if possible, if she’s an immigrant.”

    I will have to search futher to find out what the results were of her getting caught!

    Alabama Pride on July 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Debbie,

If you get clients like this, consider filing a class action lawsuit not just against Delta but against the entire U.S airline industry.

American lives must not be sacrificed for political correctness or for the bottom line.

They only way things will change is if the airlines get hit in their pocketbooks. It might raise the price of an airline ticket a few dollars but what’s important – money or a human life?

What the Catering Jihad has taught us the ways Islamic terrorists can harm us aren’t only the ones we readily think of. They are loopholes that are invisible to the flying public and you can bet Islamic terrorists will exploit them if they find weakness in our aviation security.

NormanF on July 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I thought for the longest time that terrorists would attack our food supply.
The only thing that made me think they might not is that they just love explosions and bombs and fire and this was none of the above.

Stephen in Florida on July 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

In every major city where one finds a significant Muslim community, one finds them in significant numbers at the airports – as shuttle drivers, baggage handlers, and security screeners. How much of that is due to affirmative hiring and how much is due to one worker attracting their “friends and family” is clear.

I do recall an incident in Jerusalem a few years ago where a Palestinian Arab or two conspired to poison the food in the restaurant where they worked. They were caught and prosecuted.

Raymond in DC on July 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm

You’re all wrong. Just give them the Good Life, and they will come around to our way of thinking.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight…………

How stupid are we? Are we too stupid to survive?

As Goes... on July 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

They were lucky it was only a needle. What if it was cynide or something like that that would be deadly and would take longer to figure out. I know there are lots of Muslims in Holland and they would tend to work in factories like this. I noticed they didn’t say much about the factory, which would be the first thing you would look at.

JerryD on July 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Or, if they had been clever they could have used finely ground abrasives, like glass. This could have been far worse. We were lucky that this effort was so crude. I think this is an example of another dry run, or dress rehearsal. Debbie is quite right that this has been a huge gap in our security. The caterer should have been shut down after this incident was confirmed. Only when the culprits were located should this business even be allowed to operate again. Delta and the caterer need to face the music.

    Worry on July 18, 2012 at 3:13 am

    They could dip the needles in something worse. At least 2 passengers are undergoing anti-AIDS treatment right now. Why? These were sewing needles? Next time, there probably will be something on the needles. This was just to see if they could get people to bite into them.

    Italkit on July 18, 2012 at 4:18 am

Yes, any metal in the food could be detected easily for 100% of the food. But what of some poison injected into a meal?

The bottom line is that all food needs to be secured, and no Muslims should be hired anyway. This is a “multi-layered” defense.

skzion on July 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Very disturbing example of jihad and the muslim mentality. Thanks for this story, Debbie.

DS_ROCKS! on July 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Here’s a fact check on the supplier of airline foods.

‘Supporting employees’ efforts, our management team brings over 150 years of combined experience in safety, airline ground operations, flight operations, in-flight services, aviation security, human resources, training, catering and FAA/TSA regulatory affairs to our service mission.

The FAA, the TSA and the FBI have observed our practices on repeated occasions, in many instances to supplement their training efforts. Gate Safe experiences several hundred inspections per year. Gate Safe’s strict adherence to customer-approved procedures and processes, backed by a very stringent internal auditing process, provides the foundation for our exemplary record of service excellence and customer satisfaction.

Carriers that we count as customers include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, British Airways, Air France, JAL, Korean Airlines and AeroMexico.’

It takes 20 years to build a business and five minutes to break it down. Reputation, reputation, reputation. I remember this incident in the UK several years ago.
‘Gate Gourmet, a catering company supplying British Airways, sacked up to 800 predominantly Asian workers at a few minutes notice at one of their sites at Heathrow on Wednesday 10 August. Ken Smith, Socialist Party’.

If the collective group of sheeple think that we all think alike and there’s nothing to fear but fear itself, then they’re in for a hiding second to none. Asians predominate in the British locations. These jobs don’t require high literacy or language skills. With the airline restrictions on food and water through airports, it will be better to have an airline detox diet or not fly at all. Next they’ll be target profiling people with surnames related to tribes they don’t agree with.

The civilised world is slowly being eroded.

Eyes Wide Open on July 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Religion of peace…political correctness is the death of civilized society.

Gman213 on July 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hi, everyone,

Perhaps some one can refresh my memory. When reporter Jayna Davidson investigated the Oklahoma City bombing, she discovered a person of interest – though apparently not of interest to the FBI. This person left the area and resurfaced in the Boston area where he either started or worked for a company that provided food to airlines for their passengers.

After 9/11 it emerged that an Israeli who was the equivalent of a Navy Seal was on board one of the flights that was hijacked. The assumption was that the hijackers must have had serious weaponry smuggled on board. The Israeli could have handled all four hijackers and their box cutters without even exerting himself. Such weaponry could have been smuggled in the food packages. Does any one recall this?

Gloria Stewart

Gloria Stewart on July 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

“The sandwiches were served to business class passengers, crew members and government employees flying from Amsterdam to the United States.”

The operative words in that report are “crew members.”

Pilots and co-pilots both eat. Needles were placed here to let the bad guys know that they did indeed get away with the plan (as they wouldn’t have if just some passengers had taken ill).

Next time, something that goes undetected–say, a piece of lettuce–is infected with a poison that takes, say, four hours to work, thus ensuring that the pilot isn’t warned before the co-pilot takes ill. Down goes the plane.

Louie Louie on July 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I didn’t make my point very clearly. With the needles, they knew it would make the news, so they could verify the effectiveness of sneaking something in. Next time, with a slow-acting poison instead of a poison, the co-pilot wouldn’t get sick until the pilot had eaten, too. Down she goes.

    Louie Louie on July 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Louie, it’s my understanding from friends who are flight attendants that the pilot and co-pilot NEVER eat the same meal on an airplane for that reason. So someone who wanted to target the pilots would have to poison a LOT of meals to ensure that both pilot and co-pilot were affected.

    Another quick point: How does EL AL handle food service? Perhaps Delta should make some calls and find out! This kind of thing wouldn’t happen on El Al.

    DG in GA on July 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Under strict kosher supervision although we probably have Arab employees doing some of it. The thing about needles tho is that they can be inserted into a shrink wrapped package and go totally undetected until bitten. You’d never see that pinhole in the plastic.

      Italkit on July 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

The question is, when will most Americans open their eyes? They have so much evidence in front of them that muslims are not in our country to assimilate into our culture, but they are here to BE our culture.

Linda Kilbride on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Linda,

    Muslims definitely are here to conquer, and they are doing a good job of it because our nation has become so weak and depraved.

    Dumb people only react to pain, and most Americans won’t do anything about the Muslim threat until there is a Muslim terrorist attack on a massive scale, far greater than 9/11. The majority of Americans under 35 have been so indoctrinated by the atheistic and communist/multicultural propaganda in schools that they are basically brainwashed and can’t analyze things for themselves. They buy into anything in pop culture. They are so stupid that even though so many of them have no jobs and no prospects, they will gladly reelect their dear leader.

    Our country really has no positive future at this point.

    John M. on July 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I fly alot. I often look down, and see a foreign ground crew, performing necessary services for the plane. Anyone could sneak into that ground crew from the surrounding area. I have always complained that the ground crew was not checked out.

Of course, if you travel through Dulles, you will note that a number of TSA officers are Muslims, wearing the head covering, etc.

Yeah, fly the friendly skies my butt.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Yes, Dulles is a scary airport. A number of the Customs officials are Muslim, and the number seems to grow each year. Most of the people who check your documents are Muslim, and they point you into which line to enter. So many of the ground crew are Muslim. It is basically now a Muslim airport and industry, and there is a huge Muslim community that has grown around it with radical imams (redundant) and Mosques in Chantilly.

    It is a frightening sight watching all the Muslims exit the prayer room/Mosque at Dulles. Also, I noticed this spring that Air France at Dulles capitulated about the uniforms Muslims are allowed to wear.

    I wondered if that United jet that had to turn around yesterday because of engine problems was a dry run by the Muslim ground crew. I certainly don’t trust Muslims to service airplanes.

    They are definitely planning something big if you put all the pieces together: the Muslim in JFK “accidentally” turning off his screener, the needles in food, the recent dry run with the wires in the bathroom of the Delta jet. And that is only the things that happen to be reported.

    Oh, well, we had eight years of a Republican administration that refused to do anything about Islam and Muslim immigration after 9/11, and here we are now with Obama most likely being reelected.

    John M. on July 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Debbie, I doubt that even a lawsuit will change that. The only thing that might change that is the day a Jihadi attack on Congress or the White House succeeds, or at least does enough damage for lawmakers to get into the revenge mode

Infidel on July 18, 2012 at 1:38 am

Not to forget Debbie that the chances are that if food were to be security checked most likely it would be muslim ‘security’ staff doing the checking. Fake airport security staffed proportionally wise by more muslims than in the general population is a sick joke.

Bronson on July 18, 2012 at 4:16 am

What surprises me about this sort of incident is that it didn’t happen much earlier. Food sabotage is a logical, low-cost terror tool that circumvents having to plant bombs. Airline food service contractors around the world thus must be vigilant about protecting their product and about profiling Muslims, who as Debbie notes, almost certainly were the perpetrators. I seriously doubt needles flew into the food on their own accord.

Seek on July 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

O/T but not really. http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=277989

Italkit on July 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Would metal detectors pick up those needles?

    You frequent fliers keep us up-to-date on whether travelers refuse food on planes that isn’t hermetically sealed.

    The El Al suggestion is a good one.

    Rochelle on July 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

And we go along with inane TSA rules about the size of shampoo bottles. The terrorists have moved on from that approach, if they ever considered it. Small groups can outwit and outwork the monolitihic leviathan of government at every step. It’s just a matter of time. They’re very patient for the Caliphate.

JeffT on July 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I have less confidence in the food being screened by the TSA than by the airlines themselves. Just last week as I was about to fly out of Denver, I had forgotten I had a 2 1/2 inch nail in my pocket (note that it was in a poly bag along with a hook). I placed everything I had, along with my shoes, in the tray to scanned and screened by the TSA, making sure I put the poly bag with the nail on top so that the TSA screener can see obviously it (also note that there were two agents at looking at the scanner screen when I went through my security checkpoint at the time). They did not take it or even notice it. I put it in my pocket and proceeded to fly back home without any problems with the TSA.

When I flew overseas a couple of months ago, it was a totally different story when TSA confiscated my wife’s fingernail clippers with a 3/4 inch long file on it.

My biggest concern when flying is not the food. It is someone getting on the plane with a airborne communicable disease, i.e. TB, etc., or worse… Especially when the TSA doesn’t profile nor is taught to profile.

Pats on July 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I remember part of a story awhile back where a muslim woman was caught putting sewing needles in food up in Canada. She was sent to prison… I have to go look up all the details… BUT it was a muslim, food and needles.

Alabama Pride on July 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Ww. This is honestly the stupidest thing I’ve ever read, and your very few folloreobling it up like turkeys. May Hashem guide you

Sarah on April 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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