Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell was one of the passengers aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on December 25, 2009, during an failed attempt to blow up the plane. Nigerian citizen Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to ignite a bomb on the plane, which was bound from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, but instead the explosive powder strapped to Mutallab's leg simply ignited, causing him to suffer severe burns. Haskell told the media that he had seen Mutallab attempt to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport, with the aid of an unknown man. The man allegedly told the airline employees that Mutallab was from the Sudan and that allowing him to board the plane would be part of a standard procedure in such cases. Haskell later claimed to have been visited by agents from the FBI who questioned him about his account of events leading up to the boarding of Flight 253 in Amsterdam. Specifically, they have alleged that, despite Haskell's report of seeing a "well-dressed man" trying to get Mutallab on the plane without a passport, that the alleged terrorist does, in fact, possess a passport.
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