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December 28th, 2009
09:54 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/28/09

The Christmas Day averted terror incident on the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. We're digging deeper into the suspect and his story, examining what went wrong with airport security, and checking in with how President Obama has handled the situation.

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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I'd like to see the damage done to the seat and interior of plane. I think the guy's body got in the way of the blast.

    December 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening everyone – Erica, Anderson (wherever you are!), David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Great show tonight.

    Peace! Peace! Peace!

    December 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. mac

    thank god this attack failed and we are not talking about nearly 300 people being killed. also if he did mange to board without a passport this would obviously be a very serious breach , i hope the authorities get the the bottom of this claim.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night (Anderson), Erica, Randi K Ed Henry, David Gergen, Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Day of the shot with funny video!! Love shot! 🙂 LOL!
    @Erica
    Thanks.... I had nice christmas also with my family....
    See you tomorrow.... great job!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Lori

    Cute Shot.
    Good night. Sweet dreams.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    That "shot" was fun! Thanks!! G'Nite!!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Erica, Randi-Kaye & entire Team 360 for such an informative program tonight, and good night too Hope you all had great holidays.

    Good night fellow bloggers. Very interesting converation tonight!

    Randi-Kaye-you are defintely fierce! And, Erica, thanks for the laugh with the shot tonight.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Emily

    Have a great evening Erica, Randi, 360 Team, Megan, & Bloggers!

    Hope that you all had a great holiday! 🙂

    It's almost New Years, and a New Decade! 😛

    You look great Randi for someone who has been up since 6AM!

    Love that shot! 😛

    December 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Elizabeth Burt

    As a crew member I feel once the bomber on NW 253 was on international terror watch list his US visitor's visa should have ben revoked, or his travel delayed until he was researched. He got too far. US embassy was alerted by his father. Our final reports for flight reflect "No security issues impacting the flight" means no such individuals are on board flight. Government failed the system way before airline security. Too many innocent people are being impacted by this oversight, the passengers, crew, the airlines and society in general.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Helen

    @Vincent: Air marshall on the plane is not the solution if a bomb is already on the plane.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. A. Smith, Oregon

    waves to Erica, Sorry you and the CNN's staff's holiday downtime was messed up over Christmas, I hope Anderson has a uneventful New Years in New York!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Mexo

    Hi Erica,

    I am a Nigerian and I totally condenm this young man's act. It has brought shame to our Country and adds to our myriad of problems just when we, Nigerias are going through a sanitizing phase. However, what has the Nigerian authorities said about this? Looks like nobody is talking to the authorities there and also it would be good if Nigerians could also be able to air their views on this matter on your network. Looks like the whole gist is coming from one side (America). I think this terrorist threat is a concern for the whole world and no one has mentioned the UK which is actually a breeding spot for Western terrorists which I fear is where this guy got radicalized. There should be joint effort between both the developing and developed countries in combating this heinous deeds!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    The issues of security can not be reduced

    December 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Chris Ugwualor

    @Emmily thanks. Though I still pity his family but at least people appreciate all their efforts to prevent this mishap. I am certain his dad is the most devastated in the world right now. This is no exaggeration. The young man just destroyed all he ever achieved in his life just in a twinkle of an eyelid.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Esther

    Too many red flags, how safe can we really feel? After such a close call.. I don't think TSA really gets it.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  16. David

    This is all very interesting wathcing what is going on in the media. But... our "security" is a bit lax and needs to be waken up, not this way with the crazy terrotists mind you but it does and it will make things uncomfortable unfortunately. I have flown a number of times, two to three times a year only, since 2001 and I have accidentally flown twice with a knife in my carry on. I only realized after arriving home. I can only imagine how many others fly with other things that could be a danger in the wrong hands.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  17. David, Indiana

    That's a flood of communication if ATT can't handle it.

    @Isabel, Shocked that a piece of titanium wouldn't stand out on a checkpoint scan. Maybe it's recognized as a medical implant and passed thru security?

    Six grams of PETN makes a big dent in that piece of metal. The attempt to blow it up was unsuccessful because passenger spontanously came to the aid of security.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    In 2003, when I came to the U.S.the inspect was great and several questions were asked about my stay in the country.
    This year the inspect was much smaller and no question was made for me and my friends!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Emily

    @Erica,

    It's good that your Blackberry was back working! 🙂

    It's amazing that so many people rely so much on them now...they are like an extension of oneself!

    It really was hard to believe...hope that you enjoyed your holiday, otherwise!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Dulcie - Denver

    I just had a hip replacement and now have a large chunk of titanium implanted. I'll be happy to show screening personnel my scar if they need to see it.

    Odd however, that the stainless steel in my right arm has never set off a metal detector. Yet, anyway. I've always figured that it'll happen at some point. I'll show them that scar too.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  21. starr, formerly known as vincent

    This report brought up a question i had....why are there NOT air marshals on Every international flight??

    If we cannot depend on other countries security methods, we could at least provide air marshals on each overseas flight.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  22. sam

    thank you jack!! finally someone who understands that we need to be able to physically harm these terrorists in order to get information that will save Americans. Especially now, since Al Quaeda has spoken of future attacks.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Can the scanners detect items inserted into body cavities? If they can't then they need to, once we REQUIRE their use. Everybody just eat right and go to the gym...

    December 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  24. sam

    thank you jack!! finally someone who understands that we need to be able to interrogate these suspects. Especially now, since Al Quaeda has spoken of future attacks.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Marcia

    Where are the air marshals? Was there an air marshall on the flight from Amsterdam? My friends in the airlines industry claim they haven't seen any in months... Have thee been lay offs of air marshals that have not made the press?

    December 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Lori

    Why couldn't they have a trained dog go up and down the isle just prior to takeoff?

    December 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Michelle

    It seems to me that intelligence is key. Do all of the countries
    battling terrorism easily exchange information or is it deemed
    to be vital to individual nations national security.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
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