What is Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab accused of and where is he now?
He’s accused of igniting an explosive device hidden in his clothes to blow up a flying jet plane. The explosion injured him. He’s recovering and is in custody at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where he was arraigned yesterday afternoon in a wheelchair before a federal judge.
Did Abdulmutallab act alone, or is he connected to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups?
The suspect reportedly told authorities he was acting on orders from al-Qaida. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Abdulmutallab acknowledged he received training and instructions from al-Qaida operatives in Yemen. He was on a federal list of about 550,000 names containing people who have terrorist ties, though he wasn’t on the more strict no-fly list, which would have banned him from flying into the U.S.
What explosive is Abdulmutallab accused of using?
The chemical, pentaerythritol, is highly explosive. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said if the plan worked correctly, “the plane would have come down.”
How did Abdulmutallab plan on detonating the explosive?
He used a syringe and an explosive chemical hidden under his clothes to set a fire. The explosive reportedly was in a device sewn into his underwear.
How did Abdulmutallab get on the plane undetected?
He went through a metal detector, which doesn’t detect all chemical explosives.
What changes have aviation authorities made since the incident?
To explode the device, according to a federal complaint, Abdulmutallab went into the bathroom for 20 minutes then put a blanket over himself when he returned to his seat. As a result, some airlines are now banning passengers from leaving their seats during the final hour of the flight and prohibiting them from having anything on their laps during this time period.