Bomb Scare on Air Jamaica Flight 80
A crazy man was arrested at Orlando’s airport yesterday with some interesting things in his bag.
A Jamaican man behavior specialists spotted acting suspiciously was detained and arrested after components used to make pipe bombs, unknown liquids and bomb-making literature were found in his luggage at Orlando International Airport. Officials said federal behavior identification agents noticed something about the man’s body language that prompted officers to move in near the Virgin Atlantic and Jamaica Airlines ticket counters Tuesday afternoon.
The passenger, who the FBI identified as Kevin Brown, 32, was immediately taken into custody and a portion of the Terminal A in front of Virgin Atlantic was closed to passengers.
During a search of Brown’s luggage, airport authorities found two galvanized pipes, end caps, two small containers containing BBs, batteries, two containers with an unknown liquid and bombing making literature, FBI officials said.Brown faces charges of carrying a weapon or explosive on an aircraft.
“This appears to have been a serious matter with the potential for tragic consequences, and the incident is being thoroughly investigated,” ranking member on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure U.S. Rep. John Mica said in a written statement. “It’s probably one of the most serious security incidents at Orlando International Airport ever.”
So . . . during the two hour flight between Orlando and Montego Bay, he was going to teach himself how to make a pipe bomb, assemble said bomb, and detonate it?
One would think one of the other passengers might have caught on, no? If I’m sitting next to a fellow who pulls out a book entitled “How to Make a Pipe Bomb and Blow Up a Plane,” I’m going to be somewhat curious. And, certainly, if he then pulls out some pipes and BBs, I’m going to measures to ensure he doesn’t complete his intended task.
UPDATE: Bill Jempty passes on an Orlando Sentinel report that the materials in question were going to be checked luggage: “A Jamaican planning to board a flight at Orlando International Airport was detained and questioned by FBI agents Tuesday after they found components for pipe bombs and explosive and flammable liquids in his checked luggage.”
Obviously, that would have complicated his efforts to assemble the bomb while in flight.