The White House has called the attempt to blow up flight #253 “an attempted act of terrorism” according to the NY Times. In recent months terrorism attacks and attempts have been more frequent in America.
And now the 287 passengers and 11 staff members aboard flight #253 may owe their lives to Jasper Schuringa. This brave passenger on Delta/ Northwest flight #253, ripped the explosive device off the alleged terrorist and used his hands to quell the fire that had started according to the NY Post.
While the plane was approaching landing in Detroit, passengers panicked when they noticed flames shooting out from the body of the suspected terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Mr. Schuringa did not hesitate, he took action to save lives.
Jasper Schuringa rushed over to the terrorist on flight #253. As other passengers were screaming “fire!” Schuringa ripped the flaming bomb device off Abdulmutallab’s upper thigh and patted him down to put out the flames according to the NY Post.
Jasper Schuringa is a hero for his quick actions to stop the fire. His bravery may have saved the plane from exploding. His actions were selfless and truly heroic.
He then put the terrorist in a choke hold and dragged him up to the first class area. Schuringa told the NY Post “I don’t feel like a hero. It was something that came completely natural…It was something where I had to do something or it was too late.”
U.S. Government had Warning about Terrorist
Politico is reporting that the father of the terrorist had informed the Dutch and American governments that he was very concerned about his son’s radical beliefs. He told the US government he “grew uncomfortable with the boy’s extreme religious views and had six months ago reported his activities to United States’ Embassy, Abuja, and Nigerian security agencies” according to Politico.
Suspect in Terrorism Database
The suspects name has been found in America’s terrorism database. However, he was not listed on the “No Fly” list.
Was Alert Ignored?
Did the American government do enough to keep an eye on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
after his father made the alert he may be involved in terrorist activities that could threaten others?
How could a passenger known to have links to terrorism be allowed on a flight heading to the United States?
Information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
The suspected terrorist is age 23. He was living in London and attended the University College of London, where he was studied engineering. He claims to be linked to the terrorist organization al-Qaeda. His apartment in London is now being searched.
Terrorism Threat Still a Reality
This attempt to blow up an aircraft is a grim reminder that terrorism is still a huge threat to life everywhere in the world. Any flight could be attacked. It is an unpleasant thought, but every airline passenger should be wary of terrorism and ready to spring into action should an attack occur.
Kudos to Jasper Schuringa for stopping the terrorist attack from turning into an immense tragedy. The 287 passengers aboard flight #253 are probably traumatized from witnessing the flames, but they are alive. That is a blessing and a Christmas day miracle aided by the prompt and brave actions of Jasper Schuringa.
For information about how security measures on flights are being tightened up after this terrorism incident go to: www.tsa.gov.