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Terrorism / Plane Bomb Plot / Airline Security #963665

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 28, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The failed attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas day introduced.

(Miami: Kerry Sanders) Changes in airport security in the wake of the bomb plot featured; scenes shown of bomb-sniffing dogs and screeners; details given about minimal security in Nigeria and Amsterdam that allowed suspect Umar Abdulmutallab†† to board the plane. [Security analyst Wayne BLACK††- says budget security will always fail.] [TRAVELER – reacts to the announcement from the Amsterdam airport about installing new scanners.] [Colombian traveler Jamillo SANIN†- worries about travelling to the US.]

(Romulus, Michigan: Kevin Tibbles) Anxiety over the new security rules featured; scenes shown from the Detroit airport; details given about what pilots can request from passengers; audiotape played of a JetBlue pilot telling passengers they can’t have anything on their laps. [TRAVELER – comments.] [Wayne County Airport Authority Scott WINTNER†- says folks are coming way, way early.] ["Wall Street Journal" travel editor Scott McCARTNEY†- says forcing people to stay in their seats is not an effective deterrent to somebody who wants to blow up an airplane.] [2 Northwest Flight 253 PASSENGERS – react to the new rules.] The reporter’s experience with airport security reviewed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Honolulu: Chuck Todd) The public statement from the vacationing President Obama on the bombing attempt featured. [OBAMA – outlines enhanced security procedures; says we will disrupt, dismantle and defeat...] The mixed message from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano noted. A beach injury to a family friend that disrupted Obama’s golf match discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The investigation into how Abdulmutallab got on the plane with explosive chemicals in his underwear featured; details given about Abdulmutallab being added to a terrorism database after his Nigerian banker father informed the US about his son’s radicalization and about problems detecting explosives hidden on the body. [NAPOLITANO - says our system did not work in this instance.] [Passenger Melinda DENNIS†- says you could see the burns on his leg.] [Former Homeland Security official Stewart BAKER†- says they should have revoked the kid’s visa.] Al Qaeda’s claim the attempted bombing was in retaliation for attacks on terror suspect in Yemen noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Abuja, Nigeria: Erin Burnett) Abdulmutallab’s background reviewed; scenes shown of the family home; details given about his studies in London and his privileged upbringing. [British Interior Minister Alan JOHNSON†- comments on the investigation into his London activities.] [Nigerian American Peto NOBOWAGNO‡- worries about being considered a terrorist.]

(Studio: Brian Williams, Richard Engel) Yemen’s efforts to root out Al Qaeda discussed.

Williams, Brian;
Sanders, Kerry;
Tibbles, Kevin;
Todd, Chuck;
Williams, Pete;
Burnett, Erin;
Richard, Brian Williams,

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