The US is investigating whether Al Qaeda was involved in the Christmas day attempt to blow up an aeroplane. So far, there is no evidence to link the Nigerian suspect to a larger terrorist plot.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is due in a Detroit court on Monday. He is currently in hospital recovering from severe burns after setting alight a PETN explosive device.
Passengers and crew managed to overpower the 23 year old.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said: “Obviously we have to review our detection capabilities. The president has asked the Department of Homeland Security to, quite frankly, answer the very real question about how somebody with something as dangerous as PETN could have gotten onto a plane in Amsterdam.”
The American Broadcasting Corporation has reported that the explosives were sewn into Adbulmutallab’s underwear.
Shortly before the flight was due to land in the US, he allegedly attempted to detonate the device beneath a blanket
Passengers at the airport described how they felt about the failed attack: “The thing about that guy was that it was his leg, how can you prevent that? X-rays? What do you want, everyone having a shower before going to the plane? That’s crazy.”
“As for being fearful? Not at all. Not one bit. I’m going to go. We are going to land safely, first to Detroit and then to Chicago. And there will be no problem at all.”
Airport security has been tightened and, in some cases, passengers are being confined to their seats without pillows or blankets for the last hour of their flight.