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The Worst Passenger of the Week: Jihadi Curious

The Worst Passenger of the Week: Jihadi Curious
Jeff Edwards

Every Friday, FlyerTalk looks back at the week’s most charming individuals. While there are always plenty of contenders for our Worst Passenger of the Week column, only one lucky flyer can take home the glory.

Third Place – “Yes, You Can Bring Moose Poop to a Checkpoint!”

A passenger departing Juneau International Airport (JNU) brought home an unusual memento of a family trip to Alaska. The flyer told local media outlets that he collected moose droppings to offer as not-so-nice gifts for local political leaders. Surprisingly, it turns out the TSA had no problem with the large amount of feces in his carry-on bag.

“Yes, you can bring moose poop to a checkpoint!” a TSA spokesperson wrote in a social media statement about the unusual checkpoint find. “And someone did last week at Juneau Int’l Airport. @TSA has no policy preventing people from traveling with animal poop, but check with your airline on its policies because having to leave souvenir poop behind would be crappy.”

According to the TSA, screeners had to open and inspect the large quantity of organic material, but once it was determined the substance was indeed animal scat, the air traveler was allowed to collect his belongings and board his flight. As an added bonus, the incident may help to solve once and for all the mystery of why the overhead bin smells like moose poop.

The Runner-up – “When He Landed at SFO Officers Examined His Laptop”

Tight security at U.S. airports can be a bit of a hassle and sometimes it makes the world of air travel seem a little bit like a dystopian police state (but with Cinnabons). It’s easy to forget that the measures are in place to keep us safe from dangerous actors who might otherwise violently disrupt our travels, but police at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) may have just given us another reason to be glad of the outsized law enforcement presence at the terminal.

Alleged child pornography distributor, Minghong Xia had managed to stay a step ahead of the authorities for a time. Despite serving search warrants, investigators came up empty-handed when looking for incriminating evidence, but then the accused creep took a business trip that required taking a flight out of town.

Police used this golden opportunity to help build their case.

“When he landed at SFO, officers detained him and examined his laptop, which was found to have hundreds of images of child pornography, including ones of children under 10 years old,” prosecutors told reporters. “Xia is a Chinese national in the U.S. on a work permit that is set to expire in the near future. He pleaded not guilty Thursday to child pornography possession charges and remains in custody on $100,000 bail, with his potential release on the condition that he not try to obtain a replacement passport or leave California without a judge’s permission.”

The Winner – “I Lied Because I Was Scared of Getting in Trouble”

A U.S. citizen, originally from Pakistan, was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) by the FBI on charges that he lied to federal officials about his links to known terror organizations. After having originally denied any interactions at all with specific jihadist groups, Waqar Ul-Hassan later admitted that he, in fact, had extensive connections with the organizations.

“I met with Mujahiden in 2014, while in Pakistan,” the 35-year-old said in subsequent statements to investigators which were released as part of the charging documents. “I traveled to the border and stayed with them two or three days. I also spent half a day at their Mosque in Deska. I went there because I was curious about jihad. I wanted to find out how they do jihad. I talked to a representative of the Mujahiden about jihad several times. I gave between $400 and $500 for the Mujahiden medrasa. This Mujahiden is known as Jaish.”

Waqar Ul-Hassan is accused of lying to agents in two separate interviews about his alleged connections with terror groups in Pakistan. He said he had a good reason for lying about his involvement with terror groups.

“I lied because I was scared of getting in trouble,” Waqar Ul-Hassan told federal officials, “Because I participated in collecting money, food and passing out the newspaper for Jaish Mujahadin which is a terrorist group but they also help the poor in Pakistan.”

 

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  1. seattlebruce

    May 3, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    The child porn guy is NOT “another reason to be glad of the outsized law enforcement presence at the terminal”. And while the article doesn’t mention TSA, it is this sort of thinking that justifies TSA’s intrusive searches of people, baggage, cellphone contents, laptop contents, etc.

    According to a news story on this case at https://www.foxnews.com/us/chinese-national-arrested-in-san-francisco-on-child-porn-charges-prosecutors:

    “Police learned that the suspect was in Seattle for work and had all of his digital devices with him. After learning he was on his way back to San Francisco, authorities obtained a search warrant for Xia and his belongings. He was detained at SFO and his laptop was found to have hundreds of child pornography images, including a child under 10 years old, prosecutors said.”

    This was good regular police work that had nothing to do with the police presence at airports. They would have done the same thing even if there was not normally a single police officer or TSA at SFO. (Not that I advocate eliminating all police presence.)

  2. donna538

    May 3, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    They ought to take away his U.S. Citizenship and send him home

  3. alexmyboy

    May 6, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Unbelievable, but if you sell illegal cigarettes you get arrested and die.

  4. mvoight

    May 9, 2019 at 10:47 am

    re: alexmyboy

    Yes, if you do something illegal, and then resist arrest, it could kill you. So, if the police try to arrest these idiots, they should not resist

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