Thursday, April 8, 2010

Qatari Diplomat Who Caused Security Scare Was On His Way To Visit Jailed AlQaeda Operative

The 27-year-old Qatari diplomat who caused a full-blown, midair security scare when he tried to sneak a cigarette and then joked about it will probably be catching the next flight to Doha, a senior State Department official said Thursday.

"His ability to function effectively has been compromised," the official said, adding that the diplomat will probably not be returning to the United States after the incident.

Fox News also has confirmed that the diplomat was on his way to Denver for a consular visit with a jailed Al Qaeda operative -- perhaps adding to the tension with the U.S. government.

The State Department comment came after officials already were calling for Mohammed Al-Madadi to either be recalled or expelled for doing just about "everything wrong" on board the United Airlines flight to Denver late Wednesday.

Al-Madadi was flying back to Washington, D.C., Thursday after being released from custody. He's expected to arrive at Dulles International Airport shortly after 3 p.m. ET and will likely be escorted by federal air marshals
Don't let the door shut you in the arse when leaving al Madadi.

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