In 2010, Pakistani national Muhammad Abu Tahir was sentenced to prison after disrupting AirTran Airways’ Atlanta–to–San Francisco Flight 39. After he defied flight attendants and locked himself in the bathroom, the plane was diverted to Denver. His immigration status and occupation were unknown, though he had lived in the U.S. since at least 2002.
In December 2009, of course, failed underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit wearing skivvies loaded with plastic explosives.
In 2006, U.S. and British officials acknowledged al-Qaeda dry-run plans involving operatives smuggling liquid explosives onto planes through their carry-on luggage.
In 2004, 13 Middle Eastern men aroused the suspicion of federal air marshals, flight crew, and passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 327 with disruptive red-flag behavior at takeoff and landing.
And in August 2001, one month before 9/11, actor James Woods witnessed four suspicious Middle Eastern males aboard an American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Woods shared his fears with the pilot and filed a report with the FAA. His warning was ignored. Years later, the feds confirmed that it was indeed a dry run and that 9/11 lead hijacker Mohamed Atta was on Woods’s flight.
Feckless feds keep admonishing the rest of us to “say something” if we “see something.” But what good will it do if they’re asleep at the wheel, blind to corruption and deaf to jihad?