New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Jul 10, 2011
Trial of "underwear bomber" suspect remains set for October A judge this week declined to change the October trial date for a Nigerian man accused of attempting to blow up a commercial jetliner with a bomb in his underwear in December 2009. U.S. officials have said that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told them that he received the bomb from al-Qaida militants in Yemen. Jul 8, 2011
Terrorists may attempt to use bomb implants, TSA says Terrorists who are part of al-Qaida's branch in Yemen may attempt to board U.S. commercial jetliners with bombs surgically implanted in their bodies, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday. "It's more than aspirational," a U.S. official said. "They're trying to make this happen." The TSA said it would put additional security measures in place at U.S. airports in response to the intelligence and will urge foreign airports to boost security. The White House said the TSA's warning did not relate to a specific plot or threat. Jul 7, 2011
Judge won't delay accused underwear bomber trial A U.S. judge on Thursday refused to delay the scheduled October start of the trial of a Nigerian man charged with attempting to blow up a passenger airliner on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb in his underwear. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, is charged with trying to detonate the device on a Northwest Airlines flight as it approached Detroit from Amsterdam, a scare that prompted U.S. authorities to quickly ramp up aviation security. "This incident for which Mr. Abdulmutallab was charged occurred almost two years ago," U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said in declining to change the October 4 start date of the trial. Also on Thursday, Abdulmutallab reiterated his desire to represent himself, indicating he might speak for himself in the trial's opening and closing statements. Opening remarks are set for October 11. Abdulmutallab previously told U.S. investigators he had received the bomb, which failed to detonate fully, and training from al Qaeda militants in Yemen, U.S. officials have said. After the attempted attack, the Obama administration moved to strengthen U.S. airline security by deploying full-body scanners to try to detect explosives that could be hidden in a passenger's clothing. U.S. authorities on Wednesday said they are now also on alert because new intelligence suggested that militants may try to detonate a bomb surgically...