"Dry Bomb Run" Arrestees To Not Be Charged
Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi (left) and Hezam al Murisi (ABC7)
For international flights, passengers must travel with their luggage at all times. When al Soofi and al Musri made their changes in travel plans while the luggage went to their original destinations, it raised suspicion to TSA security officials. A TSA spokesperson said that it is not uncommon for items such as watches and cell phones to be taped to larger items in luggage bound for countries such as Yemen, but that screeners have been trained to identify such items as a heightened security risk.
The arrests come at a time of heightened security as the country is approaching the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.