January 15, 2010, - 12:57 pm

AND AGAIN: Passenger Makes Bomb Threat, Locks Himself in Bathroom; UPDATED: Arabic Passenger Tampered with Bathroom Panel, Left “Article”

By Debbie Schlussel

**** UPDATE, 3: 30 p.m.: Yeah, I’m sure his ethnicity, religion and what he did in the bathroom meant nothing. How ’bout you?:


A flight attendant reported that a panel inside the plane’s bathroom had been “tampered with,” Traverse City Police Capt. Steve Morgan said.

Passenger Bob Crosby, 74, of Traverse City, said a man seated next to him entered the plane’s bathroom “halfway through the flight,” and spent about 15 minutes inside.

The passenger, 28, of California, allegedly entered the plane’s bathroom with an “article,” but returned to his seat without it. Police would not describe that item.

Local police, along with Transportation Security Administration officials and FBI investigators, continue to interview the man.

The Associated Press quoted an anonymous source as saying a suspect made a bomb threat, but TSA officials this afternoon released a statement that read:

“TSA was notified of a passenger entering the lavatory during approach of SkyWest Airlines Flight 6036 from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City … . The flight landed without incident … all passengers were deplaned and the plane was swept with negative results. Per standard procedures, law enforcement and TSA personnel met the flight, and the passenger in question is currently being interviewed. (Cherry Capital) temporarily suspended operations at approximately 10:30 AM EST. Operations resumed at 10:56 AM EST.

Morgan would not comment on the man’s ethnicity, but some passengers said he was of Middle-Eastern descent.

David Boyer believes that’s why he was apprehended.

“He did nothing more than flying while Arabic,” said Boyer, 47, a Chicago resident who has a home in Acme. “It was a completely normal flight.”

Yeah, completely normal . . . if “flying while Arabic” means making a bomb threat, spending 15 minutes in the bathroom while the flight is on approach to its destination, tampering with the bathroom panel, and leaving an “article” in the bathroom that raised suspicion.

Uh, if that’s “flying while Arabic,” perhaps the “Arabics” shouldn’t be flying.

**** END UPDATE ****

So this is like, what, airplane bomb threat and/or disruption on a plane #5,378 in the last two months?  They should have beaten this guy senseless.  When they don’t–as in pretty much all cases–this country is a joke. (Here’s video.)

A government official says a man was arrested at a northern Michigan airport after making a bomb threat on a commercial flight.

No bomb was found. The official says the man was taken off the plane at the Traverse City, Mich., airport on Friday after making the threat. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Transportation Security Administration says the passenger entered the bathroom as the Skywest Airlines flight from Chicago as it was approaching the Cherry Capital Airport. The TSA says the passenger is currently being questioned and the airport temporarily suspended operations.

Charlotte Crosby of Traverse City says her husband was on the plane. He called her on his cell phone to say he and other passengers were being questioned.


Security crews are on scene at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, after a man from California claims to have a bomb on the United Express flight from Chicago.

Officials tell 7 & 4 News the passenger was locked in the bathroom saying he had an explosive device.

The suspect was arrested when the plane landed and all other passengers are safe. The passengers were taken away in vans to another location once the plane landed. A bomb sniffing dog is being brought in to check the plane.

Officials are interviewing the flight crew and passengers at this time. When the interviews are complete the suspect will be taken to the Traverse City Police Department.

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15 Responses

Ok, what the heck is going on in your neck of the woods?? Every flight that has had a “disruption” has been associated with Michigan in one way or another. Too many flights with too much in common…gonna have to get the guns and release the hounds.

cirrus1701 on January 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

No mention of the passenger’s identity. We’ll know it soon enough.

NormanF on January 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

When the car chase situation got out of control in CA, they immediately tacked on a year in jail. Cause a stink on a commercial airliner, go to jail for an automatic year or two. Spank some butts and this too will cease….

#1 Vato on January 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

way to get them #! vato. an entire year or two. with you in charge i’ll start learning arabic.

drdean on January 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Bye bye drdean. Don’t cause a disturbance on the plane when you finally leave the country. #1 Vato might give you 5 years for being a dumbass.

    Jarhead on January 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Gee I wonder what “religion” he belonged to.

sjh on January 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

like i’ve posted before: separate terminals, several miles away from the main ariport, and airlines for muslims only. and if you create a problem on a non-muslim flight, you’re automatically put on the “muslim airlines only” flight restriction.

yes, i know i’m a genius.

howardroark on January 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I would personally prefer to lop off their heads with a Samurai sword, but this pitiful country is full of pussies who actually think rehabilitation works better than punishment.

#1 Vato on January 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    The only way these idiots can be rehabbed is to send them to allah. And I hope they get all of their 72 virgins – virgin goats that is.

    Jarhead on January 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

He didn’t “lock himself in the bathroom and state he had a bomb” as early reports suggested. The Traverse City Record Eagle is reporting the man to be a bearded Arabic man in his 20’s. Despite reports of the man spending about 15 minutes in the bathroom, and crew reports that a panel in the restroom had been tampered with, and crew reports that the man entered the bathroom with an item he did not bring out, one of the passengers is saying the man is simply guilty of flying while Arabic.

Expect another whitewash from the FBI

Billy on January 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Billy, you are correct – I would add that the passenger who made the flying while Arabic statement was a lawyer named David Boyer from Chicago so get ready for the lawsuit.

    Duane on January 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

It’s no surprise Airlines report fewer people are flying

wtd on January 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Flying while Arabic, what a stupid statement. When something happens the members of the Muslin community cry about how no one likes them or understands their “ways”. Until they start policing their own and help get rid of the radicals, they should All be treated as terrorists.
If the douche bag had been successful on Christmas day that plane would have exploded some where in the vicinity of my Mother’s home.
allah help any of those bastards that harms my family members.

eglide93 on January 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Has anyone but I noticed that in the last 4-5 days…and several incidents during that period…Janeto Napolitano-o has been awfully quiet?

Usually hardly a week goes by you don’t see her face or name on the front page or televison, or hear her name at the top of the radio news hour.

…no room under the bus?


mrrabbit on January 16, 2010 at 1:48 am

Since the government is unwilling to do anything about this problem, we need to stop flying. I know it will put people out of work but something serious has to be done.
The government is not going to stand up for us. We have to help ourselves.

Joe on January 16, 2010 at 7:59 am

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