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Passenger's Claim Shuts Down Customs at Detroit Airport
AP via WXYZ-TV ^ | August 12, 2006 | AP

Posted on 08/13/2006 1:04:55 AM PDT by conservative in nyc

The U.S. Customs area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was briefly shut down today after a passenger claimed he had contaminated everyone on a flight from Amsterdam.

Officials say a U.S citizen got off a Northwest Airlines flight and implied to the crew he had a biological agent of some sort and had contaminated the flight.

Airport emergency medical technicians examined the man and decided that he did not pose a health risk.

The man was eventually allowed to leave.

It took about 90 minutes to investigate, and other passengers from Amsterdam were delayed in leaving. Passengers on two flights from Japan were not allowed to enter the customs area for about an hour during the investigation.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airlinesecurity; airportsecurity; amsterdam; bioterror; detroit; dtw; nwa; terror; tsa
There's a little more info here from the Detroit News, but we can't post from that website due to copyright complaints. A CDC staffer was at the airport, and agreed that the man didn't pose a health risk. The airport spokesman said the man might have been suffering from a mental disorder. The Detroit News said that it wasn't clear where the man was headed.
1 posted on 08/13/2006 1:04:56 AM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

So why is a person who causes a major public disturbance (at great expense to others) not named? Would we learn something from the name that is not in the article?


2 posted on 08/13/2006 1:06:05 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Islam delenda est)
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To: conservative in nyc


A mental case is permitted to leave but not in a straight jacket.


3 posted on 08/13/2006 1:09:11 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: thoughtomator
So why is a person who causes a major public disturbance (at great expense to others) not named?

I want to know why he wasn't arrested for making a terrorist threat, and was released after only 90 minutes. Something doesn't add up.
4 posted on 08/13/2006 1:09:14 AM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

It was most certainly a loony liberal out for attention....


5 posted on 08/13/2006 1:19:09 AM PDT by tomnbeverly (Thank God for Domestic Surveillance or thank the President either way just be thankful.)
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To: thoughtomator
"Why was he not named?"

Why was he allowed to leave? He should have been charged with interfering in a flight.

6 posted on 08/13/2006 1:21:47 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

And billed for the expense of the delays and the investigation!


7 posted on 08/13/2006 1:27:07 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Islam delenda est)
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To: thoughtomator

I'm just reading between the lines here, but it sounds as if he was either some nut or a wiseacre college kid who made a bad joke. He was coming from Amsterdam, after all. It said that he "implied" there was a biological agent. I'd like to know his exact words to the crew as he was exiting the plane.


8 posted on 08/13/2006 2:34:44 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe

"I'm just reading between the lines here, but it sounds as if he was either some nut or a wiseacre college kid who made a bad joke."

That's what I'm thinking. Sort of like the people who have been arrested for "Yes I packed my bag myself sir, I had to make sure the bomb was packed correctly, ho ho ho" sort of comments at check in.


9 posted on 08/13/2006 2:51:12 AM PDT by Canard
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To: Canard

Right. Or, "Hey, isn't that John F. Kennedy? HI JACK! Ho Ho Ho."


10 posted on 08/13/2006 3:08:48 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: conservative in nyc
Why is he out in the first place?????
11 posted on 08/13/2006 3:33:55 AM PDT by Dallas59 (WHAT THE HELL ARE MUSLIMS DOING IN AMERICA???)
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To: conservative in nyc

People like this need to be tagged before they're released. At least put on the "No fly" list unless accompanied by a responsible adult (if presumed to be merely mentally unstable)


12 posted on 08/13/2006 4:03:56 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: conservative in nyc

Well, I don't know... If he was suffering from a mental disorder, it might have infected any liberals who were on the plane with him.


13 posted on 08/13/2006 5:37:21 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: conservative in nyc

Why wasn't he arrested for causing a disturbance? His words didn't fall under 'freedom of speech'...he basically yelled "Fire" in a crowded airport! What if he, himself is the vessel and was contaminated hours before the flight?

Wrong move on the part of security...he should have been detained and quarentined...idiots.


14 posted on 08/13/2006 5:41:51 AM PDT by EBH (Islam: A government ruled by or subject to religious authority.)
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To: conservative in nyc

"The man was eventually allowed to leave."

WTF, O? Why isn't this guy in jail, and why isn't the fool who let him walk away out of a job?


15 posted on 08/13/2006 6:45:20 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: Brilliant

LOL!


16 posted on 08/13/2006 6:48:11 AM PDT by Philistone (Turning lead into gold...)
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To: conservative in nyc

12 Monkeys


17 posted on 08/13/2006 6:51:08 AM PDT by rintense
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To: conservative in nyc
The man was eventually allowed to leave.

They should have at least thouroughly kicked his a** first.

18 posted on 08/13/2006 6:51:50 AM PDT by csvset ("It was like the hand of G_d slapping down and smashing everything." ~ JDAM strikes Taliban)
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To: conservative in nyc

I have a feeling that this guy probably was ticked off at the heightened security measures for flights into the US. I was in Hong Kong airport the day after the terror plot was found out and there were all sorts of people who had flown in from Europe and were on layovers for flights to the US holding their little plastic bags and griping and whining about the security measures to anyone who would listen. The guy was probably complaining with a sarcastic joke one last time before he got off the flight. He was probably just an idiot.


19 posted on 08/13/2006 7:02:38 AM PDT by Elyse
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To: thoughtomator

Good point."And billed for the expense of the delays and the investigation."Which easily runs into the thousands of dollars.


20 posted on 08/13/2006 7:11:27 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: conservative in nyc
Maybe they let him go because they recoginized him?


21 posted on 08/13/2006 7:16:37 AM PDT by Gritty (Liberals are like speeding New York cabdrivers who never see the red light coming - Ann Coulter)
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To: conservative in nyc; patton

this reminds me of a return flight from germany about 8 years
ago. after a delayed take off and the long trans atlantic
trek, we were delayed at detroit metro for over an hour. it
seemed like an eternity, with my nicotine starving hubby.
those poor flight attendants fell victims to his outrage. seems
it was due to a bottle neck at customs caused by an overflow
of flights arriving from japan, i believe. ugh!


22 posted on 08/13/2006 7:28:03 AM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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So why is a person who causes a major public disturbance (at great expense to others) not named? Would we learn something from the name that is not in the article?

Good point, but I'm speechless that they let him go and didn't charge him with anything!!!!! Guess Customs at Detroit Metropolitan Airport is so crappy it's a terrorits magnet.

23 posted on 08/13/2006 7:33:18 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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