Ed Driscoll

And Again: Disturbance On Yet Another Amsterdam To Detroit Flight

Blogger “Velvet Hammer” rounds up the news reports:

LA Times:

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A Delta Airlines spokeswoman says the crew of a Northwest Airlines flight has requested that authorities meet the plane as it landed in Detroit because four passengers did not follow their instructions.

Spokeswoman Susan Elliott would not give details about what the passengers were doing on Northwest Flight 243 from Amsterdam that landed around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. She would only say that the plane had 245 passengers and 12 flight attendants on board. Nobody was injured. […]

Developing…

I’ll update ASAP.

You may recall the Christmas day flight 253 jihadi Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. Of course that may be purely a coincidence.

Update:

The Detroit News:

According to Metropolitan Airport spokesman Michael Conway, the plane was held at the airport for about 15 minutes before it was allowed to pull into a terminal and release its passengers.

“After talking to the crew, it was determined that while behavior on the plane was suspicious, it was not enough to warrant holding the aircraft,” Conway said. “It was not a threat-related incident, and the plane was allowed to dock and the passengers disembarked.”

Update 2:

Detroit Free Press:

All passengers have deplaned except the four who didn’t follow crew members’ instructions. Those four were being questioned by authorities, said Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott.

FYI Muslims on a dry terror run — fly in packs.

Update 3:

Fox 2 Detroit reports the four men are Saudi Arabian.

H/T Maggie of Maggie’s Notebook who adds:

Read about Clogging the Intelligence Pipeline. Is that what this is all about? Keeping the pipeline so busy that we run out of personnel to really keep the country safe.

As Mark Steyn wrote shortly after Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab’s underwear failed to detonate:

Islam is bilingualism on steroids. When the community reaches the size it’s now at in Yorkshire or Malmo or Rotterdam, it has the ability to self-segregate and you wind up on the road to “two solitudes,” parallel societies. (That partially explains the second- and third-generation disassimilation Derb references.) For example, we think of Amsterdam-to-Detroit as a flight between two Western cities. But if you’re Muslim it’s a flight between two outlying provinces of the dar al Islam — the fast Islamifying Amsterdam and Dearborn, Mich.

And if this run was popular before, it’s certainly becoming the go-to flight, to test the limits of airlines security. Man, I’ll bet pilots and crews just love being assigned to this run.