Monday, January 11, 2010

A Public Service Announcement

I'll do what I can for serious discourse today.

The underwear bomber did not buy a one-way ticket to Detroit. The Guardian reports:

Nigeria's civil aviation authority said last night that [Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab] bought his round-trip ticket from Lagos to Detroit via Amsterdam at a KLM office in Ghana's capital, Accra, on 16 December, with a planned return of 8 January. He paid the £1,775 fare in cash. Before the flight departed on Thursday, he checked in as normal, taking only a carry-on bag.

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Hopefully, if enough people repeat this, we won't hear about this particular urban legend anymore.

Consider this my public service for the month.

UPDATE: More public service: click here, this video is hilarious.


One Fly said...

Buying a ticket with cash is supposed to send up flags.

But as noted by several bloggers in Ghana and it was the same for me 30 years ago at the same airport and that is the only way you will buy a ticket there and that's with cold hard cash.

Cujo359 said...

Yes, if cash is the normal way to buy a ticket there, then it probably wouldn't raise a flag, either. So, in the end, you have a guy who is going to Detroit for two weeks in winter and doesn't bring any luggage, and whose father is worried he might be preparing to do something rash.

It's starting to look like there was less cause for suspicion.