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Shoe Bombers: How To Recognise Them

A handy cut-out-and-keep guide for regular air travellers and American Airlines staff...

29 September 2003

1) Is one of the passengers on your flight travelling on a one way ticket, with no luggage and a particularly clunky pair of shoes?

2) Does he walk very, very carefully to his seat?

3) Does he chuckle quietly to himself during the safety briefing? Especially the part about exiting safely from the aircraft in the unlikely event of an emergency?

4) Does he politely decline alcoholic refreshment but request "a box of your most reliable, low-odour matches"?

5) Is this, and every, request made "in the name of Allah"?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, you may very well have identified a shoe bomber.

To confirm your suspicions, simply hand over the passenger to the French authorities. If they decide to let him continue with his journey without further delay then congratulations, you've got your man.



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