Watch the video. You can't make this stuff up. Hard news from the Associated (with jihadis) Press. First these assclowns call it "firecrackers," (taking a page from CAIR) and then they go on to say it is not immediately clear why the passenger wanted to attack the flight.
More Muslim immigration. That's the ticket!
Abdul Mudallad is the name of the Nigerian passenger who was traveling by the Northwest airlines and when the plane landed in Detroit, he tried to blow it up by lighting some incendiary device.
At this time it is not known exactly what type of device it was but media is reporting that Abdul Mudallad was acting on behalf of Al Quaida.
Republican King reported that the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit.
This was clearly aimed as a Christmas Day attack which failed not because of any intelligence win but because of bad luck. Also some passengers sitting behind the alleged operator pounced on him before he could go at it again.
Dennis explains, "The other problem with security at Amsterdam Schiphol and other European airports is the Schengen Agreement, which has done away with passport control and border checks in most continental countries. Terrorism, narcotics and human trafficking are all made easier by the Schengen Agreement."
Midair Bomb Attempt Fails Man on Flight to Detroit Claims Al Qaeda Ties Wall Street Journal
Obama Tightens Security [ha!]
The suspect told investigators he was given the device by al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, along with detonation instructions, the official said. "This guy claims he is tied to al Qaeda, specifically in Yemen," the official said. "He claims he was on orders from al Qaeda in Yemen. Who knows if that's true?"
Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) identified the man as a 23-year-old Nigerian named Abdul Mudallad. Mr. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit. The suspect's name didn't appear on any terrorist watch lists maintained by U.S. authorities, he said, but it turned up "hot" in other terrorism-related databases maintained by intelligence officials.
One U.S. intelligence official said the alleged explosive was a mix of powder and liquid. Mr. King said the concoction was strapped to Mr. Mudallad's leg.
The incident aboard Northwest Flight 253, an Airbus 330-300 carrying about 278 passengers, came as the plane was approaching the airport just before noon. It landed safely after the pilots declared an emergency. Though a Northwest flight, the plane had Delta markings. After a merger, Delta Air Lines Inc. now owns Northwest.
Stephanie van Herk, a passenger from the Netherlands who was in seat 18B, said the plane had lowered its landing gear when she heard a loud bang. At first she thought the plane might have blown a tire, she said, but then she saw flame leap from the lap of a man in the row behind her in the window seat 19A. "It was higher than the seat," said Ms. van Herk, 22 years old.
"Then everyone started screaming," she said. "It was panic." Flight attendants shouted "What are you doing? What are you doing?" They called for water, and the man began pulling down his burning pants, said Ms. van Herk. She and other passengers got water from the galley and the man was doused. Then a Dutch man jumped him.
Flight passenger Syed Jafry, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said he was seated three rows behind when he saw a glow and smelled smoke. He said, "A young man behind me jumped on him."
Just like those brave Americans that fought back on flight 93 on September the 11th.
UPDATE: An al Qaida-linked suspect who allegedly tried to blow up a transatlantic plane is studying at a UK university, it has been reported.
He has been named by ABC News as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, an engineering student at University College London, with the broadcaster citing US government documents.
The suspect, who has also been identified as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab in other reports, is currently under guard at a Michigan hospital.
The White house jumps to a conclusion though still unclear about Fort Hood jihad. Scratches head.
A White House official said: "We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism."
Attempted? Tell that to those screaming passengers.