A cell phone taped to a Pepto Bismol bottle. Cell phones taped together with watches. $7k in cash. Large knives and a box cutter in checked baggage. Baggage re-routed from the passenger’s intended destination.
American law enforcement officials cautioned on Monday night that the men had not been charged with any crime and that the episode might be a misunderstanding. “There’s nothing at all confirmed at this point that’s associated with terrorism,” one official said.
Omar Sufi of Detroit, who said he was a cousin of the passenger who boarded in Alabama, said his relative’s actions did not sound unusual.
He said that his cousin had most likely been trying to take medication and phones back to his family, and that it was common to bind together items meant for the same recipient. “This is our culture,” he said.
Cue Janet Napolitano: “The system worked.”
That’s Washington’s culture.