In both cases, passengers and crew subdued the alleged bomber before the explosive material could fully ignite. In the Detroit attack, passengers heard popping noises and saw suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's pants on fire when they intervened, according to court documents.
12/28/2009 02:27 pm
In Pictures The wide world of air travel
Travelers were prohibited from using electronics on international flights this weekend, and in-flight WiFi and TV were banned, but TSA regulations keep changing.
12/28/2009 12:50 pm
The suspected jet bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, says he was trained in Yemen, the lawless land of Al Qaeda affliates. Obama might be able to prevent more suicide bombers with preemptive action in that growing terrorist haven.
12/28/2009 08:55 am
From 9/11 to the Christmas Day attack on Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit, terrorists have changed their tactics to get around airport security.
12/27/2009 01:19 pm
Nigerian Information Minister Dora Akunyili told reporters Sunday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab passed through Nigeria for only one day before attempting to blow up a Northwest flight headed for Detroit via Amsterdam.
12/27/2009 12:36 pm
Airline passengers across Europe faced body searches and new limits on hand luggage. Authorities say that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab of Nigeria flew from Lagos to Amsterdam before boarding Northwest Airlines Flight 253 for Detroit.
12/26/2009 01:09 pm
The Nigerian man arrested Friday for trying to destroy Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdul Mattallab, is being investigated by London authorities. He reportedly had an apartment there, and had been an engineering student at University College London.
12/26/2009 12:55 pm
In South Africa, people gather to doodle, and auction their drawings, to raise money for the homeless.
12/23/2009 04:38 pm
While Afghanistan mental health treatment has improved in cities, many rural residents still opt to send the ill to shrines, where they may be chained and poorly fed. Aid workers are trying to expand training for community health workers.
12/15/2009 11:09 am