Michigan — February 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm

MI-07 Rep. Mark Schauer questions Flight 253 staff procedures


MI-07 Rep. Mark Schauer is questioning whether or not rules were broken during the apprehension of the so-called Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Flight 253 inbound to Detroit. Via the Detroit Free Press:

Was protocol violated when Flight 253 — after a failed attempt to set off a bomb on the Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit — proceeded to a gate at Metro Airport after the plane landed?

That’s the question U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, a Battle Creek Democrat, pressed Thursday at a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee.

The flight crew of Flight 253 was unaware that an attempted bombing had transpired in the cabin behind them. Because of this, “controllers in the tower didn’t know either”.

Rep. Schauer is pursuing this “information gap” to determine if protocols were violated that allowed the flight to continue to the gate.

I’m just sayin’…