2009-12-28 22:22:35 UTC
Flight 253 passenger: Sharp-dressed man aided terror suspect Abdul
Mutallab onto plane without passport
A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he
witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in
Amsterdam without a passport.
Kurt Haskell and his wife, Lori, of Newport, Mich., were returning
from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday.
Haskell said he and his wife [attorneys with Haskell Law Firm in
Taylor] were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in
Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an
While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an
expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket
agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport.
"The guy said, 'He's from Sudan and we do this all the time.'"
Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to
garner sympathy for Mutallab's lack of documents by portraying him as
a Sudanese refugee.