America will use all its power to stop terrorists threatening its people. That is the message coming from the US President in the wake of the failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up an aeroplane.
Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has now been charged in an American court. He says Al Qaeda in Yemen trained and armed him and the group has claimed responsibility.
President Barack Obama interrupted his holiday to deliver this message: “We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland”
Security remains tight at US airports and on all international flights destined for the States. There are now more thorough bag and body searches and more sniffer dogs.
But the extra security is producing a mixed response from travellers: “No, it’s not going to make me rethink flying. But, it is a hassle for all the people that are travelling. But, you know, it’s security. I’d rather be safe than sorry,” said one woman.
Another passenger said: “It’s just ridiculous because this was an international flight and it’s affecting domestic travel. So, they’re being very reactive.”
This latest threat may result in the use of more body scanners to check passengers. Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, where Abdulmutallab boarded the plane he tried to destroy, actually has a scanner. However, it is not compulsory and passengers can refuse to pass through it.