Air Terror

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 10:45am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

Passengers being searched more means longer lines in airports...

Held in a Michigan prison, the Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to bomb a Christmas day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Today his family says he is a far different person.

They say they tried to convince authorities he might be a threat…enough to land him on a U.S. terror watch list …but not a no-fly list.

And now U.S. officials want to know how security broke down.

President Obama, after days of official silence on his Hawaii vacation, is expected to address the incident publicly.

His Homeland Security Secretary is taking heat for saying the system worked.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "Once the incident occurred, everybody reacted the way they should; the passengers did, the flight crew did."

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman said, "Let's be honest. This guy, Abdul Mutallab, got through the screening."

Around the world this morning passengers are coping with heightened security and lower tolerance.

The tension on full display yesterday in Detroit as the same Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight declared an air emergency because of an unruly passenger.

This time, though, it was no bomber…just a man who refused to come out of a bathroom because he was sick.

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