Dry run? Fighter jets scrambled after Turkish man disrupts American Airlines flight

As you know by now, President Trump is under fire for discussing with Russian officials sensitive intelligence about ISIS developing a sophisticated bomb that can be hidden in laptops and evade scanners.

In fact, per the Daily Mail, Officials’ belief that jihadists are developing more sophisticated explosives is apparently what motivated Western governments – led by the US – to seriously consider instituting a ban on laptops for all flights from Europe and the Middle East.

Talks on a proposed US ban on laptops and tablets on flights coming from Europe ended Wednesday with no ban – and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing.

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The proposed electronics ban would create logistical chaos on the world’s busiest air travel corridor. As many as 65 million people a year travel between Europe and North America on nearly 400 daily flights, many of them business travelers who rely on the devices to work during flight.

Just as a side note…remember the “good old days” when all you had to do on a flight was read, sleep and maybe watch a movie, and you were safe from the office for a few hours?

In case you missed it, fighter jets were scrambled on Friday to escort American Airlines flight 31 from Los Angeles to Honolulu after 25-year-old Anil Uskanli of Turkey caused such a disturbance, he was tied to his seat with duct tape to immobilize him until the plane landed. He was swiftly taken into custody.

Witnesses described the scene on the plane, as reported by AP:

Soon after they boarded a flight to Honolulu, Mark and Donna Basden found a laptop computer in a seat pocket in front of them.

The couple assumed someone on a previous flight left it there. But a flight attendant said it probably belonged to a man who was in the bathroom.

A man Donna Basden described as a “disheveled looking fellow” emerged and Mark Basden gave him the laptop. The man scowled, took the laptop and opened it and closed it and then tried to sit in another first class seat, Mark Basden said.

Halfway through the six-hour flight, the Basdens saw the same man again holding his laptop with something over his head that they thought was a towel or a blanket.

“He was very quiet, moving very sluggish. He was trying to approach the cabin, like where the captain is,” said another passenger, Grant Arakelian.

At that point, a flight attendant ran down the aisle with her serving cart and blocked the entrance to first class, said passenger Lee Lorenzen, of Orange County, California.

“She jammed the cart in the doorway and she just said, ‘You’re not coming in here,'” Lorenzen said.

The man pushed the cart, trying to get through but passengers came up behind him and grabbed him. He spent the rest of the flight restrained in a seat with duct tape.

Donna Basden snapped this photo of Uskanli being escorted off the plane.

The AP says investigators are still trying to figure out why the man was disruptive on the flight. Shall we help them connect the dots?

> Laptop
> Turkish man
> Airplane
> ISIS working on laptop bombs

Or maybe he was just having a bad hair day.

[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]

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