December 29th, 2009
11:58 AM ET
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. kelly

    Nigerians are never known to be suicider....somethin went wrong, i bet if u trace the history of the so called what ever his name is, he's definitely from his mothers... ts left for the CIA, FBI to investigate but definitely truly speaking that terror act was not from Nigeria.

    December 29, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Teresa

    Explosive/Bomb Detection Dogs! "Brad S." is right! Why are these dogs not a mandatory part of the passenger screening process? They only take a couple seconds to sniff over each person and will detect explosive material instantly no matter what part of the body it is hidden on. This also takes care of the problem concerning the passenger's privacy of their body. No human or machine will ever do as good a job as the dog's nose! This is such a simple solution, I can't believe it wasn't implemented years ago. Spend the money training more dogs rather than "trying" to invent a machine, at least we know the dogs are fast and ACCURATE!

    December 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  3. Brad S

    What about employing K-9 units that are trained to detect exlosives? The US military uses them down range to find IED's and the police force uses them to find drugs and explosives. What would it take to have a couple of trained dogs at the scanning terminals that are already in place and could just smell each person as they walked by? Most of these dogs just have to be in close proxcemity of the person in order to detect even small traces of explosive materials. They can even detect if the person has been working with explosive materials and still have the residue on them. I can not imagine this being more expensive then the x-ray machines that they are no using.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  4. desert Jade

    Would be interested to know how Umar Farouk was approved a US visa when the British authorities turned down his application? Do countries share their "no fly" lists with one another?

    December 29, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  5. greg green

    the news is cracking me up ( no pun intended). US agencies now say they have a machine that can scan better and is not being used at airports. When they show how well this machine works on TV they always make you cover your private parts with a object for PRIVACY, obviously for radiation, which blocks out the exact area where the recent bomber had his bomb packed in his underwear. This machine would have done nothing to prevent him from getting on that plane unless they hand searched every inch of his body.
    What is the next step? Swallowing an explosive composite which will blow up when a soda is absorbed aboard. How will we see that coming?

    December 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  6. J. Robert

    This last summer, my young daughter and I were flying Continental home from her summer camp. At our connection in Detroit, there were 5 Arabic young men sitting together for our flight and one of them was crying and praying. The others just sat with him looking tense. I was VERY concerned. I spoke to 1 pilot, the Continental employee at the gateand a security guard about this behavior and my concerns about putting my child on the flight. I was scorned by all three people. The pilot told me I was being silly and that"maybe the guy's mother just died or something." We were terrified all the way back to Houston with them on our plane. I spoke to the flight attendant on our Continental flight who reassured us and finally tookour concerns seriously. My child was in terrified tears all the way back to Texas. Speaking up does NOTHING! We are sitting ducks!

    December 29, 2009 at 1:24 pm |