WASHINGTON — A Qatari diplomat who caused a bomb scare after sneaking a smoke in an airplane bathroom was traveling for a consular visit to see an imprisoned al-Qaida agent.
A State Department official and another person close to the matter say Mohammed Al-Madadi was going to meet Ali Al-Marri for an official visit. Consular officials frequently visit foreigners held in the United States to make sure they are being treated well.
The two sources spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
Officials say the diplomat will be sent home or transferred to another country for touching off the bomb scare.