Video:RAF Escorting Qatar Flight QR23 To Manchester Airport -UPDATE Photo: Passenger Arrested-Bomb Threat

August 5, 2014 at 8:25 am
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A Qatar Airways aircraft is seen surrounded by emergency vehicles at Manchester airport in Manchester (Source: Daily Mirror)

(BBC) –Military jets have escorted a passenger plane to Manchester

Airport after reports of a possible device on board.

The Qatar Airways plane was escorted in to land by the Royal Air Force (RAF) following information received by the pilot.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were treating it as a “full emergency” and armed officers have boarded the plane.

All flights in and out of the airport were suspended for about 25 minutes.

It is understood the plane involved is an Airbus A330, which was escorted by a Typhoon from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

Operations at the airport resumed at about 14:00 BST, after the plane landed at a terminal.

Passengers have been disembarking from the plane “as normal”, an airport spokesman said.

Ch Supt O’Hare said: “An incoming plane has been escorted into the airport by the Royal Air Force as a result of information received by the pilot about a possible device on board. [...]


UPDATE: A passenger has been arrested and is in custody.

(Sydney Morning Herald) –Manchester: British police have arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after two fighter jets escorted a Qatar Airways plane into Manchester Airport. The pilot had reported a possible explosive device was on board.

The incident, which prompted the authorities to close the northern England airport for 25 minutes, briefly raised fears of a terrorism attack.

Qatar Airways said the Airbus A330-300 plane was flight QR23 from Doha to Manchester with 269 passengers and 13 crew on board.

A Reuters photographer [see photo below -VH] saw armed police remove a handcuffed male passenger dressed in baggy trousers and a sports shirt from the plane.

Greater Manchester Police said on their official Twitter feed that they had detained one man in connection with the incident.

“A man who was on board the plane … has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat,” they said. [...]


a56f660b-d31c-45b2-abca-d658db855182-460x276 IBTimes:

Armed police have detained a man on board the Qatar Airlines flight which was escorted into Manchester Airport by a fighter jet following a threat over a “possible device”. …… The man arrested allegedly passed a letter to a member of the cabin crew claiming there was a explosive device on board. He was later arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat and is currently being held in custody. Greater Manchester Police said they treated the incident as a “full emergency”. All flights going in and out of the busy airport were temporarily suspended during the incident, but a GMP spokesperson said it is now “business as usual”. A passenger on board the flight was escorted off the plane by armed police after it safely landed at the airport. [...]

Confirmed Qatar Airlines flight QR23 was flying from Doha, Qatar.

4 Iranians,1 Afghan With Fake Tickets, No Visas Removed From Air Canada Flight From Caracas To Canada

November 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Suspicious… Dry run?

Caracas (AFP) – A Toronto-bound flight was stopped shortly before departure from Caracas when four Iranians and an Afghan were found aboard with fake tickets and no visas, Venezuelan officials said Saturday.

The captain of Air Canada Flight 075 discovered there were five extra passengers aboard his flight as it was scheduled to depart late Friday [Nov. 1, 2013], said Luis Graterol, the head of the Simon Bolivar Maiquetia International Airport.

All those on board were forced to disembark and military officials identified the suspicious passengers, Graterol told the state-run Venezuelan News Agency.
The office of Venezuela’s prosecutor general said that charges will be pressed against four people in the case: a member of Venezuela’s immigration office, an Air Canada employee, and two workers with an airport security company.

The suspects will face charges “linked to the illegal trafficking of five foreigners” at the Simon Bolivar airport, the office said in a statement.

No details were given on whether the five illegal passengers would face charges.

And why not? It should be a given.

Video: TSA Subjects 3 Year Old In Wheelchair To Invasive Pat Down, Swabbed For Explosives

March 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

Islamic jihadists have won.

(Daily Mail) –On his way to a family vacation in Disney, the terrified boy, who was in a cast for a broken leg, underwent an invasive pat down and was swabbed for explosive residue.

Despite constant assurances from his father that ‘everything is ok’, he physically trembles with fear and asks his parents to hold his hand.

His outraged father filmed the whole process and it has been posted on YouTube.

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(mattonair)– A toddler in a wheelchair is stopped by the TSA at ORD (O’Hare Airport in Chicago) and forced to into a sequestered area. On his way to a family vacation in Disney, this 3 year old boy is in a body cast for a broken leg. Despite assurances from his father that “everything is ok”, he is physically trembling with fear while he watches his two siblings, mother, father, grandfather and grandmother pass through along with everyone else…only to be singled out.

He simply does not understand what is happening and why.

Also see:

After Having Stripped Away Our 4th Amendment Rights, TSA Now Sets It’s Sights On The 1st Amendment

Complain About TSA Security? Raise a Red Flag!

Fourth Amendment Written On Mans Chest Leads To TSA Interrogation –Federal Lawsuit Filed

At ‘United Kingdom’ of Allah Airport Muslim Burka Joke –Forbidden

At ‘United Kingdom’ of Allah Airport Muslim Burka Joke –Forbidden

February 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Reverse airport security profiling in the UK.

David Jones a 67 year old British national underwent a maximum security screening, while a Muslim wearing a Burka was able to slither through –unchecked. When he dared to make a little joke about the bassackwards security policy, he was detained for an hour and forced to apologize.

‘I feel my rights as an individual have been violated.
‘What I underwent amounts to intimidation, unlawful arrest and detention. I was humiliated and denigrated in full public view.

Keep bowing down to the one you serve, and you will get what you deserve --a life of PURE Islamic hell.

(Mail Online) –As he placed his scarf and other items into a tray to pass through an X-ray scanner, he quipped to an official: ‘If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.’ observing

To his astonishment, he was met on the other side of the barrier by officials who detained him for an hour in an attempt to force him to apologise and the police were called.
Mr Jones said that when he had made his original remark, the guard had appeared to agree with him, responding: ‘I know what you mean, but we have our rules and you aren’t allowed to say that.’
Mr Jones, a former member of the Household Cavalry and a retired fireman, said he had said nothing racist. But she took his passport and boarding pass and escorted him to another area where she questioned him.

He said: ‘It was impossible to get her to listen to reason. We were then joined by a second female security guard who stated that she was Muslim and was deeply distressed by my comment.

‘I again stated that I had not made a racist remark but purely an observation that we were in a maximum security situation being searched thoroughly while a woman with her face covered walked through.
After about 20 minutes, he asked the security guard whether he was going to be charged. She said no, but he could not leave until he apologised.

He demanded that the officer should arrest him if there was a case against him. Mr Jones said: ‘I was told that we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said.’

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H/T Blazing Cat Fur: ‘Burqa Joke Has Man Detained by Sharia Enforcement Officers In Britain’.

Pop quiz! Which individual do you think should have to go through maximum airport security? Or at the very lease not given preferential treatment? The first is a photo of the accused ‘David Jones’ in the article above. The second is an anonymous Muslim with her face completely covered, filling in for the oh so special, on a pedestal airport maximum security screening free Muslim. Be honest! Or don’t bother.

Ladona Harvey at KOGO links…thanks!

Maetenloch links at Ace of Spades…thanks!

Breaking: Man Detained at Texas Airport with Explosives in Military Grade Wrapping –Suspect Active Duty Soldier [Update 10: Out On Bond]

December 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — An official in Texas says a man has been detained after entering an airport in Midland with explosives in military-grade wrapping.

City of Midland spokeswoman Tasa Watts said Saturday she had no information on the suspect, who was taken into custody by the FBI. An FBI spokesman did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

Watts says the explosives were found as the man was going into a terminal at Midland International Airport. [...]


Will update ASAP.


Houston Chronicle

The incident happened at 9:26 a.m. Saturday. The suspect is active military and the explosives were found in his carry-on bag while going through the X-ray machine.

Authorities said the man was in town seeing family. [...]

Update 2:


Sources told CBS Affiliate KOSA that the man was traveling with his wife and children to North Carolina.

The Midland Police bomb squad told KOSA that the suspect is in the U.S. military. Security agents found the explosives in the man’s carry-on bag when it was going through the X-ray machine.

There is no word on why the suspect was carrying C-4, though one source says it may have been brought to the airport by mistake. [...]

If it was a mistake, it was a BIG one.

Update 3:

(AP) –FBI spokesman Mike Martinez confirmed a man was detained at the airport and the agency is investigating.

He declined to say whether the man was in military uniform or how many pieces of explosives were found in the bag.

Martinez said he did not know where the man was being held, saying he was at either the airport or at the FBI office in Midland. [...]

Update 4:

He had been in town visiting family with wife and kids in tow. And was caught with the explosives in his bag as he was preparing to board his flight back home.  Odd that…


“The man had been in town visiting family and was traveling back to North Carolina,” the report said, citing local police. It added that the suspect remained in custody and the incident was still under investigation.

Odessa [Texas] America Online:

Midland International Airport was evacuated for about an hour Saturday morning after Transportation Security Administration officials found military-grade explosives in a serviceman’s carry-on bag.

Midland Police bomb technician Sgt. Brian Rackow would not elaborate on what type of explosives were found, but only said they were located when a man and his family were going through the security checkpoint before boarding their plane.

The suspect has identified himself to investigating officials as active military and was in the Permian Basin to visit his family, Rackow said. The suspect and his family were on their way back to his base in North Carolina and he has been cooperative with FBI investigators, who were in charge of the case, Rackow said.

So he obtained the explosives while in Texas and was transporting them back to his base in North Carolina??? Surely a US Soldier knows better than to attempt to carry on a bag with military grade explosives…right? My Spidey senses are tingling. I hope they are off track.

Update 5:

Daily Mail:

Authorities said the man was bound for a base in North Carolina, where he is on active military duty.

He was visiting his mother who lives in Midland.

Update 6:


An American Airlines spokesman said the man had a reservation on Flight 3283 from Midland to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The departure time for the American Eagle plane was 9:45 a.m.

What is his name?

Update 7: Perp identified.


Trey Scott Atwater of Hope Mills [North Carolina –Ed.]was taken into federal custody Saturday morning after Transportation Security Administration agents spotted what they described as a suspicious item.
Atwater has been arrested on a federal count of attempting to get on an aircraft with an explosive, Morgan said.

Update 8:

Odessa America Online:

(March 17, 2010) The Permian Basin Welcome Home Committee is rounding up people to greet Staff Sgt. Trey Atwater of the U.S. Army.
He is the son of Bonnie Awater of Midland and is a 1999 graduate of Midland Lee High School. His wife, Tamra, and his two sons, Trent and Ty, will accompany Atwater.

Atwater is a Green Beret and is scheduled for a third tour of duty in Afghanistan in July.

Update 9:


According to court documents, Atwater told the FBI he is a demolitions expert who returned from his third deployment to Afghanistan in April. He said his Army special forces team always carried at least two blocks of C4, but he didn’t know any explosives were in his bag when he returned to his post at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He said he didn’t see any explosives in the main compartment of the bag when he packed for his trip to Texas. The bag had been in his garage and hadn’t been used since he returned from overseas, according to court documents.

Atwater was detained at the Fayetteville, N.C., airport on Dec. 24 when security agents found a military smoke grenade in his carry-on bag, according to court documents. The documents don’t say whether officials now suspect C-4 may have been in his bag then but was missed during additional screening, or whether the C-4 was found in the same bag as the grenade, although a week later and at a different airport.

After the grenade was confiscated, Atwater was “admonished” and allowed to continue on to Texas, the documents said.
A neighbor who lives two doors down, Pam Moore, 55, said she watched Atwater grow up. She said he was a “wonderful kid” who played high school football.

“We were real proud of him when he joined the military,” Moore said. “I feel sorry that he got caught up in this. … I just hope everything works out for him. I really do. [...]

Update 10:

(Reuters) – An Army demolitions expert who was arrested New Year’s Eve for trying to carry explosives onto a commercial airplane in Texas was ordered released Friday on a $50,000 unsecured bond.
Atwater told the FBI he was unaware the explosives were in his bag, which he grabbed from his North Carolina home when he prepared to fly home to Texas for the Christmas holidays. Airport screeners apparently failed to detect the C-4 on the outbound flight.

Prosecutors said Atwater did not pose a flight risk, and his military escorts agreed to report any bond violations.

“The government has uncovered no information that would suggest that Atwater intended harm to any aircraft, or to the flying public,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Klassen said in a brief court hearing. “The government believes that with close supervision by the court and by the United States Army, Sergeant Atwater will not pose a danger.”

Atwater is a member of the Army Special Forces Engineers and a munitions expert. He is an instructor at the Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.

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Allahu Akbar Airport Cab Spotted in North Carolina [Photo]

December 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’d rather walk…

Airports and Allahu Akbar --a combustible combo.

What are they thinking?

Via Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch

Breaking: US Airways Flight 457 from NYC to Phoenix Diverted to St. Louis “3 suspicious passengers”[ Update: All Clear]

September 13, 2011 at 10:10 am

(NBC Action News) –ST. LOUIS – A US Airlines flight from New York bound for Phoenix has landed at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis after crew requested a diversion because of three “suspicious” passengers, a TSA spokesman said.

US Airways Flight 457 was met on the tarmac by airport police and passengers were removed, said airport spokesman Jeff Lea.

KSDK, the St. Louis NBC affiliate, reports all passengers aboard the plane were to be re-screened inside the airport.

A Transportation Security Administration spokesman says the diversion came at the request of flight crew members, who reported three passengers were acting in a suspicious manner.

Lea said he was not aware of any injuries.

The flight departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 7:30 a.m. CDT, according to US Airways’ website. It was scheduled to land in Phoenix at 10:36 a.m. (12:36 p.m. CDT).

It landed in St. Louis about 7:50 a.m. CDT.

The incident comes just days after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania and as concerns run high over fears of duplicate attacks. [...]



(KSDK -St Louis) –Paul Mason, Lambert Airport Police Chief, said one of the three men was not in his assigned seat at takeoff. A second man got up and began walking the aisles during the flight. When he was asked to return to his seat, he sat down in an unassigned seat.

Flight attendants grew further suspicious after seeing one of the men handle an elaborate, odd-shaped case, Mason said. The box was revealed to contain a backgammon game.

The three men, from Israel but of Russian descent, were questioned by agents from the FBI and TSA, Mason said. They are cooperating and understanding of the situation.

Mason said although the men do speak some English, a language barrier may have also contributed to the confusion.

US Airways said there were 128 passengers on the plane and five crew members.

The TSA issued a statement that the plane was swept and nothing was found and cleared to continue. The flight was expected to take back off around 10:00 a.m. [...]

Considering the erratic behavior of the suspects, it is easy to understand why the crew was concerned.

TSA Agent’s Breasts Groped at Checkpoint

July 17, 2011 at 2:55 am

Putting the cart before the horse…

Silly, silly woman. You are supposed to become a TSA agent first, then you can grope anyone you please. Because once that TSA uniform is on, sexual assault turns into mandatory security measures.

(MyFoxNY) –Court records show 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae grabbed the left breast of the female agent Thursday at the Terminal 4 checkpoint.

Police say she squeezed and twisted the agent’s breast with both hands.

Officers say Mihamae admitted to the crime.

There’s no word why she touched the agent.

Mihamae now faces a felony count of sexual abuse.

There has got to be more to this story…

(KWGN Denver) A neighbor told FOX31 Denver that he is “100-percent shocked” that Miyamae is being charged for sexual assault.

“For her to be arrested for anything is totally shocking to me,” he said.

He told FOX31 Denver that Miyamae travels about three days a week.

Miyamae was released from Maricopa County Jail Friday.

Hmm…being a frequent traveler, maybe she just cracked under the pressure of  being subjected to serial groping, and wanted to give TSA a taste of their own bad medicine.


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Video: Former Miss America Susie Castillo Sexually Molested By TSA Agent

April 27, 2011 at 11:46 am


Susie Castillo Miss America 2003

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Suzie’s blog about her experience can be read here, including a copy of her official complaint to the TSA.

In which she makes an extremely valid point in the form of a question:

Besides, is this procedure really protecting us? I remember hearing about an Al Qaeda terrorist successfully evading security detection by placing a bomb in his rectum. All in an attempt to assassinate Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef. So what if that happened in the US? Would we then be subjected to random rectal exams in addition to x-rays and being groped by strangers? How far is this going to go? More specifically, how far will WE let this go? As they say, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. I think it’s time to stand up for our personal liberty.

She has also started a couple petitions:

I just started a petition on Twitter demanding the TSA stop these invasive “enhanced pat downs”. Please help me spread the word and retweet!

Also, sign the following petition on

Suzie on Twitter: @Susie_Castillo and Facebook.

Update: Tenth Amendment Center

Ironically, a TSA nullification bill was filed in the Texas legislature last month, a bill that would ban the full body scanners and make it a crime to preform invasive searches.

It’s time to take action.

The Fourth Amendment says:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.

No exceptions. No excuses. No extenuating circumstances.
How much longer will we quietly submit?

For more information on TSA nullification, click here.


Philadelphia: TSA Airport Passenger Screener Charged With Distributing Child Pornography

April 23, 2011 at 8:28 am


TSA officer Thomas Gordon Jr. is being held. (Image: Government Employees (AFGE) union website)

TSA officer Thomas Gordon Jr. is being held. (Image: Government Employees (AFGE) union website)

( A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.

Homeland Security agents arrested the TSA officer March 24, and he is being held without bail.
The arrest comes as TSA grapples with several other incidents involving screeners, including a YouTube video posted last week by parents angry about the pat-down their 6-year-old daughter received at an airport in New Orleans. TSA officials said the pat-down was proper; the parents said the girl was “groped.” [See second related link below–Ed.]

Citing privacy rules, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say if Gordon has been suspended from his job, but noted that he had been in federal custody since his arrest.

“We can assure the public that he is no longer working at the airport,” Davis said.
The federal agent alleged that Gordon’s Photobucket account also included a picture of him wearing his blue TSA uniform.

The indictment alleges that Gordon used at least six Facebook accounts and employed multiple names “to upload and store images of sexual exploitation of minor children.”

The charges detail 104 illicit photographs allegedly uploaded over four weeks in February.

Authorities also seized from Gordon an HP laptop and a four-gigabyte flash drive that they say contained more than 600 images or movies containing child pornography, according to court filings.

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Also see: Finally A Job Even I Can Be Proud Of Said The Pedophile To Themselves While Shaking The TSA Manager’s Hand… What can you do about it? Plenty!

MaroonedinMarin links.…thanks!